Recent excavations in the lower Galilee area of Israel have unearthed a synagogue. Synagogues have long been used, and are still used today, as Jewish assembly places for worship and religious instruction. Jesus and later the apostles often taught in synagogues. Including this new find, only eight have been discovered in Israel dating from the Second Temple era (the time between the return from Babylonian exile under Cyrus, the Persian ruler, in 530 BC and the destruction of the second temple by the Romans in AD 70).
This new synagogue find “is the first synagogue discovered in the rural part of the Galilee and it confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages.” The Gospels mention Jesus preaching and teaching in rural synagogues in small towns and villages along the Sea of Galilee (i.e., Matthew 4:23), but such a synagogue had never been observed. This new find confirms that the New Testament writers accurately described the area.
The events in the Gospels and throughout the other historical portions of the Bible really happened. We can trust the details given to us in Scripture.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.