Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1174-1176 Ancient Synagogues of Israel with Jodi Magness

Jesus spoke often in the synagogues of the Galilee [Matt 4:23]. They were a part of Jewish life in the first century. But where and how they developed is still a mystery to scholars. In this series of programs, archaeologist Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, discusses the information that is available on ancient synagogues, including the synagogue in Capernaum, which is probably not as old as many scholars believe. Jodi Magness is one of the top scholars of Biblical Archaeology in the U.S. and this is an insightful series of conversations. It’s always fun to talk with her because of the energy and passion she brings to her conversations and lectures on archaeolgy.

For a short summary of her presentation, here’s a story on her lecture before the Madison Biblical Archaeology Society.

Last winter we talked with Timothy Harrison about his lectures at Tel Tayinat in southeast Turkey, near the area which later became Antioch on the Orontes. He’s just announced the discovery of an important ancient temple on the site.


One response

  1. Thank you for this 3-part series! I really enjoy listening to her! What an inspiration! So much knowledge in one little body! She’s a real blessing to this field of study.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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