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Ancient Synagogues-Archaeology and Art: New Discoveries and Current Research

by Rachel Hachlili
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
Handbook of oriental studies. Section 1, The Near and Middle East
Handbuch der Orientalistik
Handbook of Oriental studies Section 1 Ancient Near East
9789004257733, 900425773X, 9789004257726 (e-book), 9004257721 (e-book)
Ancient Synagogues - Archaeology and Art. New Discoveries and Current Research presents archaeological evidence - the architecture, art, Jewish symbols, zodiac, biblical tales, inscriptions, and coins - which attest to the importance of the synagogue. When considered as a whole, all these pieces of evidence confirm the centrality of the synagogue institution in the life of the Jewish communities all through Israel and in the Diaspora. Most importantly, the synagogue and its art and architecture played a powerful role in the preservation of the fundamental beliefs, customs, and traditions of the Jewish people following the destruction of the Second Temple and the loss of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. The book also includes a supplement of the report on the Qazion excavation. -- Publisher website.
  • Introduction
  • The synagogue
  • Second Temple Period synagogues
  • Recently excavated and newly published synagogues
  • Synagogue architecture and ornamentalism
  • Synagogue art, significance and impact
  • Jewish symbols
  • The Jewish calendar represented in the zodiac design
  • Illustrated Biblical tales
  • Motifs in Jewish synagogue art
  • Artists, workshops and repertoire
  • Inscriptions
  • Coins and the synagogue
  • Women
  • Dating
  • Conclusions
  • Supplement : Qazion-a Galilean riddle
  • List of synagogue excavations
  • List of abbreviations
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Index of sources
  • Color plates.
xxxiv, 738 pages, 64 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 687-714) and index.
Series Statement
Handbook of oriental studies. Section 1, The Near and Middle East ; volume 105 = Handbuch der Orientalistik
Handbook of Oriental studies. Section 1, Ancient Near East v. 105
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