Capernaum First Century Synagogue interior view



Facing the entrance in the east wall, the first century synagogue in which Jesus preached had stone benches on three sides. The synagogue served as a place for the reading of the Torah and its study. In the centre of the hall was a reading platform and on the right side of the entrance was a stone seat, called Moses’ Seat, where the teacher sat. Such seats have been found in Chorazin and Tiberias, and a stone on which a wooden lectern was erected was found in Magdala.