Magdalasteinen blir nå vist fram på ei utstilling i Roma. Temaet for utstillinga, som opna i går, er menorahen (den sjuarma lysestaken).
Scholars and archaeologists contend it is the oldest carved image of the Second Temple’s seven-branched menorah ever found, and the first menorah image to be discovered in a Jewish religious context.
Magdalasteinen blei funnen i 2009 under arkeologiske utgravingar i det gamle Magdala ved Gennesaretsjøen. Nå står ein flott kopi på staden der den blei funnen (bildet).
I notatet Synagogen i Magdala har eg skrive om denne synagogen i eit nytestamentleg perspektiv.
Nå (15. mai – 23. juli 2017) blir altså Magdalasteinen for første gong stilt ut offentleg. Her er ein interessant artikkel om steinen og om utstillinga:
Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian ‘crossroads,’ gets its public debut
Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint exhibition on the history of the menorah May 15-July 23 between the Vatican Museums and the Jewish Museum of Rome.
The Magdala Stone, which was found inside the synagogue, offers scholars and archaeologists significant insight into 1st-century Jewish life and the Second Temple era in Jerusalem.
The stone is believed to be one of the earliest artistic depictions of the Second Temple, according to the Magdala Center. It is believed the artist who made the stone likely saw the Second Temple.
“The stone has the highest number of symbols of the Temple ever found together in one object,” Solana said.
The long side of the stone depicts the side of a building with pillared archways, with a three-dimensional design to create the illusion that it appeared in the Temple. The back of the stone also depicts a pillared structure, with two wheels above a geometric shape, illustrating fire.
“Presumably, the front and sides of the stone carvings represent the Second Temple in Jerusalem, and the back side depicting wheels and fire represents the Holy of Holies,” according to the Magdala Center.
Among all its features, the stone’s menorah depiction has arguably produced the most intense excitement among archaeologists. Scholars and archaeologists contend it is the oldest carved image of the Second Temple’s seven-branched menorah ever found, and the first menorah image to be discovered in a Jewish religious context.