It is well known that there was a substantial Jewish community in ancient Ephesus, but no synagogue has yet been located with any certainty.
A basilica-like building north of the Theater Gymnasium is a possible candidate for the synagogue, based on a Jewish lamp found here (which is the only lamp found in the building).
Another clue is an inscription in the nearby Church of Mary, which indicates there was a synagogue in Ephesus and may indicate one in the immediate vicinity. A glass bottle with a seven-branched candlestick was discovered in the church.
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- Clive Foss, Ephesus After Antiquity (1979), 45.
- Jewish lamp: Ephesos IV/2, 187 no. 159.
- Bottle with candlestick symbol: Ephesos IV/1, 99 no. 30; Jh. 26, B41.
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