Monday, 14 October 2013
The poor village in which Jesus lived for some time had a synagogue paid for by a Roman, and the local basalt line beneath the later limestone synagogue here may well be that building.
And the houses next door may well be those in which people lived then or a little later; a house near by has been traditionally identified as Peter's (or his mother-in-law's).
This surviving synagogue capital shows the ark of the covenant (with wheels by which it could be moved).
This example of a two handled grinding stone brings to mind Jesus' own reference to two women grinding together.