Biblical Archaeology Review 15:2, March/April 1989

The Synagogue at Meroth: Does It Fix Israel’s Northern Border in Second Temple Times?

By Zvi IlanEmmanuel Damati

Remains from more than a dozen ancient synagogues dot the landscape of Galilee. What makes the ancient synagogue at Meroth (May-ROTE) unusual is not only the rich finds uncovered in its excavation, but the face that so much about this synagogue seems to fly in the face of widely accepted scholarly generalizations.

Until recently, no one even knew about the existence of the Meroth synagogue. Usually, ancient sites are discovered either by accident—someone unexpectedly stumbles on remains—or as a result of a systematic search in the course of an archaeological survey.

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