Historical Significance
  • An important Jewish town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee which was destroyed in the first Jewish revolt against Rome in 67 AD. 
Political/Cultural Significance
  • Home to one of the oldest excavated synagogues in Galilee (one of 7 from the 1st century in Israel).
  • A coin minted in Tiberias in 29 CE was found in this synagogue, confirming that it was from the 1st century and the time of Jesus’ ministry.
Biblical Significance
  • Magdala is most likely the hometown of Mary Magdalene.
  • Since Jesus frequented the towns and villages of the North and West shorelines of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus likely visited this synagogue.