Capernaum First Century Synagogue interior view

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Description

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.