In the Middle Ages, one of Judaism’s most enduring symbols took on new meaning.
In a major hub of the Maccabean revolt.
Religious observance on the fringes of Judea.
It does shed light on synagogues before the Temple’s destruction.
Unlike the case with nearly every other Tabernacle fixture, the function of the menorah does not cease when the Jewish people no longer possess a Temple.
Along with a rare gold coin and other artifacts.
First it was part of a tomb, then of a mosque.
And its reference to the book of Zechariah.
“Seven lamps, one by one, in imitation of the planets.”
A fanciful 13th-century tablet and a current exhibition.
A new book tells its history.
And the menorah’s mythological beasts.