Migdal El

MIGDAL EL (mĭg'dăl ĕl, tower of God). One of the nineteen fortified cities of Naphtali (Josh.19.38); thought by some to be the Magadan (kjv “Magdala”) of Matt.15.39.


MIGDAL-EL, mĭg’ dəl ĕl (מִגְדַּל־אֵ֔ל). A fortified town in the territory of Naphtali, between Yiron and Horem (Josh 19:38). Its site is unknown, but it must have been in Upper Galilee.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

The name, which means "tower of God," occurs between Iron and Horem in the list of the fenced cities of Naphtali (Jos 19:38). Eusebius, Onomasticon places it 9 miles from Dora (Tanturah), on the way to Ptolemais, which points to Athlit. But this is far from the territory of Naphtali. It is probably to be identified with either Khirbet Mejdel, 3 miles North of Qedes, or Mejdel Islim, 5 miles farther to the Northwest.