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Near Migdal, Northern District, Israel
 

House of Miqwa'ot

 
 
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
1. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
Inscription.  This ritual space stands out due to its mosaic floor that is made of thousands of colored tesserae. A white background, framed by a black meander pattern surrounded by an orange rectangle, emphasizes the image of a rosette in the central panel, whose eight petals alternate between black and white. The geometric and floral design is very similar to the mosaic found in the synagogue, so it is quite possible that the artist or the workshop were the same.

During the reign of Herod the Great, impressive construct projects took place, which were influenced by the Greco-Roman decoration style. Examples can be found at Masada, Jericho, Herodium, Caesarea Maritima, and in some houses of the upper city of Jerusalem. During the Second Temple period, despite foreign cultural influence, local customs were respected. Decorative elements and designs are characterized by the lack of images of animate creatures and symbolism based on the religious prohibition of representations of G-d or other deities. This mosaic exemplifies this prohibition.
 
Location. 32° 49.584′ N, 35° 30.822′ 
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
2. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
Close-up view of the photo displayed on the marker that features the mosaic floor found at the House of Miqwa'ot excavation.
E. Marker is near Migdal, Northern District. Marker can be reached from Northern District Route 90 just east of Route 807, on the right when traveling north. This marker is located in the midst of the archaeological ruins at the Magdala archaeological excavation site. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named House of Miqwa'ot (here, next to this marker); Domestic Housing Area (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named House of Miqwa'ot (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named House of Miqwa'ot (a few steps from this marker); Magdala's Hall of Fame (within shouting distance of this marker); Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Discoveries at Magdala (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Magdala (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Migdal.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Magdala archaeological excavation site, in the ruins of the ancient Jewish village. It is my impression that these ancient Jewish ruins are 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 village are now on display in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Magdala is also part of the Biblical record, being a site that was visited by Jesus, as mentioned in Matthew 15:39.
 
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House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
3. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
Distant view of the mosaic floor found at the House of Miqwa'ot excavation, that is discussed on this marker.
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
4. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
Closer view of the mosaic floor found at the House of Miqwa'ot excavation, that is discussed on this marker.
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
5. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
View of the featured marker, paired with a second marker, with the House of Miqwa'ot ruins in the background.
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
6. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
Distant view of the featured marker, seen on the right, paired with a second marker, with the House of Miqwa'ot ruins in the background.
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 19, 2019
7. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
Distant view of the marker, seen on the left side of the gravel walking path, with the Magdala synagogue in the left background, and the spiritual center in the center background.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 4, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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