Magdala [also known as Magdala Nunayya or Magdala of the fishes] is on the western shore of the sea of Galilee, 6km north of Tiberias. Magdala or the hebrew Migdal means watch tower, and is a common word used of numerous locations throughout biblical lands. The first familiar Migdal is just outside Bethlehem at the site where the temple Levites would select the lambs for the continual burnt offering for the day. The task of the shepherds who kept the flocks by night was the care of this specific flock. This pointed to the lamb of God who would be the perfect burnt offering, the very offering that would provide access to the Father, and was “accepted to make atonement” Lev 1:4.  Bethlehem is noted for the origins of the Messiah Micah 5:2 as addressed from “the tower (migdal) of the flock” Micah 4:8. It was here that the first dominion (over sin) would come. This is the equivalent term to Migdal Edar of Gen 35:21 where Jacob moved to after the tragedy of the sorrow of Rachel’s death in the name of Ben-oni “the son of my sorrow” is changed to Benjamin “the son of the right hand”. It was to here that Mary would come the mother of the Lord, her name meaning “sorrow”.

At the closing pictures of Christ’s life we see another Mary, coming to the tomb John 20:1, this time from another Migdal, in Galilee of the Gentiles. But both of these Marys would have their sorrow turned to joy at the revelation of the resurrection, and figuratively both Jew and Gentile would be blessed in the one having the perfect demonstration of the spirit of holiness, and the dominion over sin.

Mary Magdalene is referred to in Matthew 27:56,61,Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:9, Luke 8:2, John 20:1,18.

The town known as Taricheae was described as a wealthy Galilean town by Josephus (war iii.10) and was destroyed by the Romans may be this same town. Following the Jewish war there was one of the 24 centres of the priests located here. In 2009 an early synagogue was uncovered here, and the oldest stone depiction of a menorah. See the Israel Antiquities Authorities’ description: