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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 Jewish communities of Israel in the Second Temple period used unique water installations called miqwa'ot, which enabled them to maintain ritual purity. According to the Halakhah (Jewish law), religious people should immerse into these baths in order to achieve purity. Therefore, these are a clear indication of the Jewish presence in the city.

The four miqwa'ot found in Magdala are unique because they receive water from springs and have no plaster coating at the bottom, which allows the water to filter between the stones. Such facilities are considered to be the purest in the Mishnah (oral tradition and Rabbinic commentary on Jewish law). The four water installations are connected by a channel that is on the street, this allows the water to circulate and prevents it from becoming impure. A structure with an arch that is still standing has been identified here it was built and receives water in the same way as the miqwa'ot. Its function was to maintain the water level required by the law.
 
Location. 32° 49.579′ N, 35° 30.81′ 
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 photos displayed on the marker that features an aerial view of the ruins; miqweh without water, structure with an arch still standing, and a miqweh top view.
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 (within shouting distance of 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
Close-up view of the mosaic floor that is seen in the aerial view photo that is displayed on the marker.
House of Miqwa'ot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
4. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
Distant view of the portion of the excavation that contains the features that are seen in the aerial view photo, that is displayed on the marker. The miqweh is situated in the very center of the picture.
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By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
5. House of Miqwa'ot Marker
View of the miqweh with water, looking south.
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 structure with an arch still standing, that is discussed in the text of the marker.
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 near 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 45 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 12, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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