My late, great, and brilliant Professor (and colleague) Anson Rainey use to tell his students, “let me enrich you with some new uncertainties!”
Since many readers of this blog have visited Magdala, located along the northern part of the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, I thought I would share a link to a recent article by Dr. David Gurevich who has revisited some of the interpretations of the Synagogue at Magdala—especially those presented by the volunteer guides at the site. “Magdala’s Stone of Contention.”
For example, Gurevich notes that the entrance of the synagogue on the west side is a complete reconstruction! He believes that it was on the south side.
Much of the article is taken up with a variety of interpretations of the now-famous “Magdala Stone.”
Is it a table for the Torah Scroll? An Incense Altar? A representation of the Second Temple? A Prayer Table? Gurevich’s article discusses all of these possibilities.
“Magdala’ Stone of Contention” by Dr. David Gurevich is scholarly, but non–technical. IMHO —a worthwhile 10 to 12 minute read.