Recently, archaeological sites in Israel have been discovered that could potentially have a major impact on the tourism market and could have significant positive economic effects.
The sites are:
Synagogue in the Korzin National Park
An ancient Jewish village from the Mishnah and Talmud (first century BCE) that appears to have been surprisingly abandoned in the 11th century AD. In the village, there is a synagogue made entirely of basalt stone, considered to be the most beautiful ancient Synagogue discovered to date. Most of the tourists on the site (80%) are Christians from Europe and the United States, because the Corinthians appear in the New Testament and this is one of the destinations Jesus is said to have reached.
The Korzi synagogue is the only building in this area that can be designated with certainty as a place where Jesus visited. In addition to its historical value, the site has excavation activities for the whole family and many people arrive here and find archaeological discoveries from 1200 years ago and even further back.
As part of the archaeological excavations carried out in the northern part of the Sea of Galilee, a Byzantine-era church was discovered, which archaeologists identified as the “Apostle’s Church.” There was also a marble fragment of a marble grille decorated with a wreath as well as gilded glass mosaics, indicating a large and magnificent church.
Kursi is an ancient fishing village, with a Byzantine synagogue, a place of great importance to Christianity and Judaism. The synagogue that was discovered is just near the Sea of Galilee, with a mosaic floor and an engraved inscription on a marble slab.
The presence of the synagogue is indicative of the many changes on the human level, and it seems that the state of the Sea of Galilee today is not the worst in terms of water level.
The synagogue’s mosaic floor indicates the cultural impact of Tiberias and not the Golan Heights, despite the geographical proximity of the Golan (1.5 km).
This discovery makes a significant contribution to the discussion of Jesus’ affinity for Jewish communities.
Corsi is identified in the Christian tradition with the “Pig Miracle”.
Prof. Mordechai Aviam, of the Galilee Archeology Institute, Kinneret Academic College: “At the upcoming conference, aimed primarily at a large audience of instructors, researchers, archaeologists and historians, will bring innovations and summaries of new research from the Sea of Galilee. But it was Jewish as well, it was the activity of Jesus and his disciples in the first century AD Jesus, a Galilean Jew in the first century AD, not only revolved among the villages, demanded and performed miracles, but also joined some of the local people including three members of the village of Beit Zaidah, including Simon Peter, the ‘Apostle Prince.’ The others were Andreas his brother and Philip. It was understood that he did not respond to his calls, as well as Beit Zaida and Capernaum, near the Jewish village of Kursi, the Christians identified the place of the Pig Miracle, where a large monastery was erected, but the Jewish village continued to exist alongside it throughout the Byzantine and Islamic periods. There will be over 300 attendees signed up for the conference, which will lead groups of overseas artists and pilgrims, but even domestic tourists, Israeli travelers, singles and families who will hear about the importance of visiting the country’s numerous sites.”
(Image Credit: Dagesh Archaeology)