Archaeologists in northern Israel made another stunning discovery this week when they announced that they had unearthed a 2,000-year-old synagogue that predated the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 A.D.
The synagogue was found at the site of an ancient Jewish farm in Galilee. It is the eighth one discovered in Israel that predates the destruction of the Second Temple and the first synagogue found in a rural setting rather than an urban one.
The synagogue is located in an area that is close to places mentioned in the New Testament like Kfar Kana, which is today an Arab village.
Archaeologists, therefore, think that this is one of the synagogues where Jesus preached.
“The site is 17 km (10 miles) as the crow flies east of Nazareth, and 12 km from Nin (Naim), and although we don’t have its name in the New Testament, it is in the area in which Jesus acted,” the Times of Israel reported.
Dr. Motti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, says the find “confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages.”
The New Testament says that “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people” (Matthew 4:23).

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