Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Replica of Magdala Stone, Vital to Jewish and Christian History, to visit Denver

The Israeli Antiquities Authority has sent an exact replica of a 2,000 year-old coffee-table-sized to Denver, an engraved stone depicting the oldest carved menorah ever discovered. This replica will be unveiled at The Galilee Gala, a benefit being held June 8, 2011 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the Magdala Center. This is the first time the Stone replica has been outside of Israel, and thereby, this is the first opportunity for viewing in the US.

The story behind the find of the Magdala Stone is serendipitous, and some call it miraculous. While preparing a site for the construction of The Magdala Center, a 300-room Center for religious pilgrims to the holy lands, Israeli archaeologists discovered one of only seven known first-century synagogues on the site, which is in the town of Magdala on the Sea of Galilee, the place where Mary Magdalene lived and accompanied Jesus and the Apostles. The synagogue was found in the planned location of an ecumenical chapel.

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