Nazareth Village

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The three lower stones at the entrance – called the threshold – once supported and secured a two-piece door, providing a durable and attractive entrance into the building. The threshold at our synagogue was replicated from Gamla – the best preserved example from a first-century synagogue.

Creating the groove through which the door-pegs pass to sit in place in the ground, creating the axis on which the door will swing.

As they were set into the wall using little or no mortar, door jambs had to be carved as square as possible. Large one-piece and two-piece limestone jambs were commonly used in synagogues throughout the Roman Period.

Threshold and door jambs are built, as capital raising and crowning continue.