61a. Naaran drawing

Drawings of the Na’aran (Ein Duq) Synagogue (after Louis-Hugues Vincent, “Un sanctuaire dans la région de Jericho, la synagogue de Na’arah,”. In his famous compendium of biblical sites in the Holy Land, the great fourth-century church father Eusebius of Caesarea includes an entry for “Naarah ([mentioned in] Joshua 16:7).

In the [region of the biblical] tribe of Ephraim. Noorath is now a village of Jews five miles from Jericho.”

The site, built on a bluff overlooking the Jordan River, was known to late antique Jews as Na’aran, and in more recent times was called Ayn Duq, the “Spring of Duq.”