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Near Chorazim in Mevo'ot HaHermon Regional Council, Northern District, Israel
 

Chorazin's Synagogue

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
1. Chorazin's Synagogue Marker
Inscription.  English Text:

Chorazin's synagogue was built of hard, dark basalt stones, difficult to carve and engrave.

Despite this, the builders and artists managed to carve hundreds of ornamental designs and architectural elements, geometric and floral motifs, human and mythological figures.

Similar decorations were discovered in other ancient synagogues in the Galilee and the Golan, especially in Capernaum. The discovery of these figures - especially the mythological ones raised many Halachic and cultural questions.

Ancient Jewish art and architecture were influenced by Eastern Hellenistic culture, as demonstrated by the plan of the building, the gabled entrance and the decorations.
 
Location. 32° 54.674′ N, 35° 33.846′ E. Marker is near Chorazim, Northern District, in Mevo'ot HaHermon Regional Council. Marker can be reached from Northern District Route 8277 2.5 kilometers east of Northern District Route 90, on the right when traveling east. This marker is located in the midst of the archaeological ruins at the Korazim National
Chorazin's Synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
2. Chorazin's Synagogue Marker
View of the marker, seen in the interior of the ruins of ancient synagogue.
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Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seat of Moses (here, next to this marker); Decorated Column (here, next to this marker); Conch (here, next to this marker); Medusa (a few steps from this marker); The Synagogue (a few steps from this marker); Chorazin in Christian Sources (within shouting distance of this marker); The Synagogue of Jesus (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); The Synagogue of Capharnaum (approx. 3.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chorazim.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Korazim National Park, in the ruins of the ancient Jewish synagogue. It is my impression that this particular ancient Jewish synagogue is very significant in both the historical and archaeological record of ancient Judaism, because several of the artifacts and structural elements that were found in the ruins of this synagogue are now on display in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Korazim (also known as Chorazin) is also part of the Biblical record, being a site that was visited by Jesus, as mentioned in Matthew 11:21 and Luke 10:13. It would be my guess that during His visit to Korazim, that Jesus would have been to an earlier version of this synagogue, that was most probably located on the site of this particular synagogue.
 
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Chorazin's Synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
3. Chorazin's Synagogue Marker
View of the interior of the synagogue with a distant background view of the marker seen to the extreme right of the picture.
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By Dale K. Benington, May 19, 2019
4. Chorazin's Synagogue Marker
View of the front entrance to the ancient synagogue, with a view of the display, showing the ruins, of the gabled entrance and its decorations, just to the front right of the entrance.
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By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
5. Chorazin's Synagogue
View of a display, showing the ruins, of the gabled entrance and its decorations, that were part of the ancient Jewish synagogue at Chorazin.
Chorazin's Synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
6. Chorazin's Synagogue Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 25, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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