The Zealots were part of a movement completely devoted to serving God. They believed it was impossible to serve the pagan Romans while also being faithful to the law of God. They resisted Rome and anyone who sided with the Roman rulers, often with violence.

The Zealot movement was started by a man named Judah, who lived in Gamla and revolted over the issue of taxes (Acts 5:37). And Scripture indicates that one of Jesus’ disciples was a Zealot (Matt. 10:4).

Although there is no specific record that Jesus ever visited this area, Matthew’s gospel records that he went “through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues” (Matt. 9:35). Thus, at some point in his ministry Jesus probably did visit the synagogue at Gamla, the remains of which still attract visitors today.


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