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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.  The building has peculiar architectural elements, and the existence of groundwater was key for locating the miqwa'ot. The analysis of the architectural plan and the building system suggests that this ritual space on the outside had similar characteristics to other buildings in the city. However the interior and materials found inside reflrct a higher economic status for a privileged sector of Magdala's population. The miqwa'ot were constructed in the traditional manner, with stairs covered with a roof, a hewn basalt floor extended to the immediate rooms, but carefully ended at the room paved with mosaic. The urban layout analysis suggests that the street widens at the north, which indicates the importance of that space. The proposed hypothesis is that the main entrance to the building was in the north while the exit was located in the southeastern part leading into a minor street.

The reconstruction of this space, insofar as heights and proportions are concerned, was inspired by known models of other sites in Israel dated to the same period, while the analysis concerning access to this space was derived from the architectural
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 illustrations displayed on the marker that features four hypothetical views of the 3D reconstructions of the House of Miqwa'ot.
study of the architectural study of the archaeological remains, the urban analysis of the buildings in the settlement, and the specifications of the law concerning ritual purity.
 
Location. 32° 49.581′ N, 35° 30.811′ E. Marker is near Migdal, Northern District. Marker can be reached from Northern District Route 90 just east of Northern District 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); 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); Domestic Housing Area (a few steps from this marker); Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Magdala's Hall of Fame (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Magdala (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 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
View of the marker in the foreground with a view of the structure that shelters the House of Miqwa'ot's mosaic floor, in the background.
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
4. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
View of the ruins of the mosaic floor room that is illustrated in the 3rd hypothetical reconstruction illustration displayed on the marker. In the distant background is a view of the featured 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 ruins of the House of Miqwa'ot in the foreground, with the featured marker seen 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
View of the ruins of the House of Miqwa'ot.
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
7. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
Distant view of the featured marker, seen at the far end of a pair of markers.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 11, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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