Several objects from the Second Temple era discovered in Israel

Several objects from the Second Temple era discovered in Israel


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As reported by the Israel Antiquities Authority, a few days ago different bronze objects related to the Second Temple period in the Magdala area, on the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee. Among the objects are an incense shovel and a jug.

According to the first investigations, the artifacts have about 2,200 years old and they were found during excavations carried out on the western coast of the Kineret.

As the story goes, Christians considered this city as the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, one of the followers of Jesus, who was mentioned in the New Testament on several occasions and who witnessed his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.

Returning to the subject of found objects, it should be noted that the Hebrew word for an incense shovel is majta and it is believed that it was a sacred implement as well as the rest of the elements that were used in the Temple. It was used mostly for transferring embers from one place to another.

This class of objects appear very frequently within Jewish art as one of the religious objects directly related to the temple and that have been represented in many of the mosaic floors of synagogues along with other elements such as the lulay, the menorah and the etrog.

The artifacts found were found one on top of the other on a stone sole near the fishing port pier and it is estimated that may have belonged to a local Jewish family.

For her part, Dina Ayshalon Gormi, an archaeologist with the Antiquities Authority and who is in charge of this excavation, assured that the incense shovel is just one piece of the many shovels found in this period.

At first it was thought that the shovel was used only as a cult object For what is the treatment of incense and coals, which were essential in many of the ritual ceremonies, but with the passage of time other shovels were found that did not have any religious relationship, so it is thought that could be used as a day-to-day tool.

It should be noted that the Antiquities Authority began its excavations in Magdala after many remains were discovered during the construction of a hotel in 2009 and since then many things have been discovered, including a synagogue, factories, streets, ritual baths and even a city market from the Second Temple era.

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