Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1367 Prof. Keith Schoville – Magdala and Myra, Pompeii Cities

Magdala altar table

Magdala altar table

Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene on the NW shore of the Sea of Galilee, and Myra, the home of St. Nicholas on the southern coast of Turkey, and both the scene of recent archeology where archaeologists are recovering ancient city features without intervening layers of later remains.

In Magdala archaeologists have recovered the remains of a first century synagogue that some speculate could have been used by the followers of Jesus. There was excavated a beautifully carved stone altar table featuring a menorah but , alas, no Christian symbols. So, sadly, it’s just speculation at this point. At Myra, archaeologists are digging through 18 feet of sediment to recover the city visited by Paul, and where he changed ships, during his visit to Rome.


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