Why Jews and Christians alike are flocking to Magdala


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During his visit to the Holy Land in 2014, Pope Francis visited the site of Magdala, on the Sea of Galilee, to bless the Tabernacle of the “Boat Chapel.” The hometown of Mary Magdalene became one of the most exciting archaeological sites in the region when, in 2009, the foundations were laid for a guesthouse. Workers stumbled upon a first century synagogue, where it’s believed Jesus taught, and further excavations revealed four ritual baths (mikva’ot), a market, and the magnificent Magdala Stone, all pre-dating the destruction of the Second Temple.

TLV1’s Todd Horton journeys to this fascinating corner of Israel to interview the men and women behind Magdala’s archaeological park, including one of the site leaders, Father Eamon Kelly,  volunteer coordinator Rachel Leachy, and American tourist Dorcas Stutzman. They reveal the significance of the findings at Magdala, which make it a must-visit destination for Jews and Christians alike.

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