Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint exhibition on the history of the menorah May 15-July 23 between the Vatican Museums and the Jewish Museum of Rome.
“This is a dream that finally comes to fulfillment,” Father Juan Solana, general director of the Magdala Center, whose work focuses on the stone dubbed a “crossroads of Jewish and Christian history,” told JNS.org. “As a Catholic priest, I feel so proud that the first time it will be displayed at such an exposition with amazing collaboration between Jewish and Catholics in Rome, which is the capital of Catholicism and one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world.”
The discovery of the Magdala Stone in Migdal, Israel, has already reshaped scholarly understanding of 1st century (A.D.) Judaism and early Christianity. The stone was unearthed as part of a routine archaeological examination ahead of the construction of a Catholic retreat center.