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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Mag´dala, a town mentioned in , and the probable birthplace of Mary Magdalene, i.e. Mary of Magdala. It must have taken its name from a tower or castle, as the name signifies. It was situated on the Lake Gennesareth, but it has usually been placed on the east side of the Lake, although a careful consideration of the route of Christ before He came to, and after He left, Magdala, would show that it must have been on its western shore. This is confirmed by the Jerusalem Talmud (compiled at Tiberias), which several times speaks of Magdala as being adjacent to Tiberias and Hamath, or the hot-springs. It was a seat of Jewish learning after the destruction of Jerusalem, and the Rabbins of Magdala are often mentioned in the Talmud. A small Muslim village, bearing the name of Mejdel, is now found on the shore of the lake about three miles north by west of Tiberias; and although there are no ancient ruins, the name and situation are very strongly in favor of the conclusion that it represents the Magdala of Scripture. This was probably also the Mig-dal-el, in the tribe of Naphtali, mentioned in .





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Magdala'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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