Magdala: A tower, a town in Galilee, mentioned only in
(Matthew 15:39) In the
parallel passage in
(Mark 8:10) this place is called Dalmanutha. It was
the birthplace of Mary called the Magdalen, or Mary Magdalene. It was
on the west shore of the Lake of Tiberias, and is now probably the
small obscure village called el-Mejdel, about 3 miles north-west
of Tiberias. In the Talmud this city is called "the city of colour,"
and a particular district of it was called "the tower of dyers." The
indigo plant was much cultivated here.