Ed-Dikke synagogue

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Ancient synagogue (Khirbet ed-Dikke)
Ed-Dikke synagogue is located in Israel
Ed-Dikke synagogue
Shown within Israel
Region Golan Heights
Coordinates 32°55′19″N 35°37′33″E / 32.9220°N 35.6258°E / 32.9220; 35.6258
Founded c. 460 CE
Site notes
Excavation dates 1905
Archaeologists Gottlieb Schumacher; H. Kohl & C. Watzinger
Condition ruin

The ed-Dikke Synagogue, located 3 km north of the Sea of Galilee on the eastern bank of the Jordan River, was an ancient synagogue dating from around the 5th century CE.[1]


The synagogue, located at a site known as Khirbet ed-Dikke, was first identified by Gottlieb Schumacher in the 1880s.[2] In 1905, H. Kohl & C. Watzinger briefly investigated the site.[3]

The building is thought to date form c. 460 CE[4] and consists of a prayer hall measuring approx. 11 m (36 ft) by 14 m (46 ft). It was divided into three aisles by two rows of four columns each.[5]


  1. ^ Khirbet Dikke and the Synagogues in and around Bethsaida Valley (Archaostyle Scientific Series 7), Qazrin 2009: Archaostyle (191 pp; 58 illustrations; 1 map)
  2. ^ Ramat Ha-Golan, Jewish Virtual Library.
  3. ^ Michael Avi-Yonah (1978). Encyclopedia of archaeological excavations in the Holy Land. Prentice-Hall. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-13-275123-0. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Milson, D., “Byzantine Architects at Work at Herodium, Palaestina Prima”, LA 39 (1989) 209.
  5. ^ Günter Stemberger (2000). Jews and Christians in the Holy Land: Palestine in the fourth century. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-567-08699-0. Retrieved 3 October 2010.