In 1922, Nahum Slouschz, the first “Hebrew archaeologist,” associated the fine limestone menorah that he had recently discovered at Hammath Tiberias with supposed priestly behavior in that synagogue.

Slouschz writes: “I could not doubt that we had found here a Menorah made faithfully on the plan of the Menorah of the Holy Temple. This model had unquestionably been used by the priesthood, and had been hidden away for some unknown reasons.”