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Near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Israel
 

The Synagogue

 
 
The Synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
1. The Synagogue Marker
Close-up view of the text on the historical marker.
Inscription. "Long since, my brave men, we determined neither to serve the Romans nor any other save God ..."

Josephus Flavius

The rebels' way of life on Masada required a building suitable for community meetings and Torah readings. This building, which became a synagogue during the revolt, was built in Herod's time, most likely as a stable.

The rebels changed its internal structure and even closed off a small room in the corner of the hall, which apparently served for storage of Torah scrolls and as a genizah (repository for damaged scrolls). Under its floor were found fragments of Biblical scrolls, including the "Vision of the Dry Bones" in the Book of Ezekiel. The synagogue at Masada is one of the very few discovered so far that date from the Second Temple period.
 
Location. 31° 19.042′ N, 35° 21.193′ E. Marker is near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom). Marker can be reached from Masada National Park Service Road just west of National Route 90, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the ancient Herodian fortification, on top of an isolated rock plateau, on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. The historical marker is situated on the western
The Synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
2. The Synagogue Marker
Close-up view of an artist's rendering of the synagogue located at Masada, that is displayed on the historical marker.
edge of the fortifications, in front of some Roman ruins between the Western and Northern Palaces.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The "Casemate of the Scrolls" (a few steps from this marker); The Water Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rebel's Community Life (within shouting distance of this marker); The Discovery Location of the "Lots" (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbarium Tower (dovecot) (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Bathing in Roman Style (about 90 meters away); The Breaching Point (about 90 meters away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Masada. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Jewish Virtual Library website. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Masada National Park website. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
The Synagogue image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
3. The Synagogue
Interior view of the ruins of the synagogue located at Masada.
 

4. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Biblical Places website. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Masada - UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This is a link to information provided by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

6. Scribe writes Torah atop emblematic Masada fortress. This is a link to an article written by Patrick Moser. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

7. Work on Masada's Torah Scroll. This is a link to information provided by Chabad World.net (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
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The Synagogue image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
4. The Synagogue
Another interior view of the synagogue featured on the Masada historical marker.
The Synagogue image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
5. The Synagogue
View of a rabbi, copying scripture, in the synagogue, atop Masada.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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