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Near Arbel in Lower Galilee Regional Council, Northern District, Israel — West Asia (the Levant in the Middle East)
 

Arbel Ancient Synagogue /

Beautiful ruins of an ancient synagogue from the 4th century BCE.

— בית הכנסת העתיק —

 
 
Arbel Ancient synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Erez Speiser, 2016
1. Arbel Ancient synagogue Marker
Inscription.  The synagogue was discovered in 1905 by H. Kohl and C. Waltzinger.

It is a square building belonging to the Galilean type of synagogue with a number of special components:

• The main entrance in the eastern wall.
• The niche for holy ark in the wall facing Jerusalem.
• The arrangement of the benches.

 
Erected by Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
 
Location. 32° 49.266′ N, 35° 29.662′ E. Marker is near Arbel, Northern District, in Lower Galilee Regional Council. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. House of Miqwa'ot (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); History of Magdala (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); a different marker also named House of Miqwa'ot (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); a different marker also named History of Magdala (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); Market (approx.

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1.9 kilometers away); The Migdal Synagogue (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); Domestic Housing Area (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); Magdala's Hall of Fame (approx. 1.9 kilometers away).
 
Regarding Arbel Ancient Synagogue /. Arbel is notable for the ruins of an ancient synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in the world, which stands amid the remnants of an ancient Jewish village on the western edge of the moshav.



The door of the synagogue, still standing, was carved from a massive natural outcropping of limestone, and the synagogue itself situated so as to make use of the stone as a handsome door. It is carved with decorative floral motifs and medallions. A carved groove for a mezuzah can be seen. Three sides of the building had carved stone benches. The two story building had three rows of columns with Corinthian capitals on the first floor and Ionic capitals on the second floor. It was also a site fortified by Zahir al-Umar.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mount Arbel Hike. A hike that includes a visit to the site along the way (Submitted on November 10, 2018, by Erez Speiser of Rakefet.) 

2. Arbel National Park official site. (Submitted on November 10, 2018, by Erez Speiser of Rakefet.)
3. The Ancient Synagogue of Arbel: Calamity and Charity

Ruins of Arbel Ancient synagogue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Hanay / Wikimedia, circa 2000
2. Ruins of Arbel Ancient synagogue
. (Submitted on November 10, 2018, by Erez Speiser of Rakefet.)
 
Additional keywords. Archaeology
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2018, by Erez Speiser of Rakefet. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2018, by Erez Speiser of Rakefet. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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