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Building Jewish in the Roman East
     

Building Jewish in the Roman East

by Peter Richardson
 

ISBN-10: 9004141316

ISBN-13: 9789004141315

Pub. Date: 11/23/2004

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

Archaeology has unearthed the glories of ancient Jewish buildings throughout the Mediterranean. But what has remained shrouded is what these buildings meant. Building Jewish first surveys the architecture of small rural villages in the Galilee in the early Roman period before examining the development of synagogues as “Jewish associations.” Finally,

Overview

Archaeology has unearthed the glories of ancient Jewish buildings throughout the Mediterranean. But what has remained shrouded is what these buildings meant. Building Jewish first surveys the architecture of small rural villages in the Galilee in the early Roman period before examining the development of synagogues as “Jewish associations.” Finally, Building Jewish explores Jerusalem’s flurry of building activity under Herod the Great in the first century BCE. Richardson’s careful work not only documents the culture that forms the background to any study of Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity, but he also succeeds in demonstrating how architecture itself, like a text, conveys meaning and thus directly illuminates daily life and religious thought and practice in the ancient world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004141315
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/23/2004
Series:
Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism Series , #92
Pages:
413
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments....................ix
Abbreviations....................xiii
List of Tables and Illustrations....................xvii
Preface....................xxi
Part One INTRODUCTION Chapter 1 Religion and Architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean....................3
Part Two TOWNS AND VILLAGES Chapter 2 Jesus and Palestinian Social Protest in Archaeological and Literary Perspective....................17
Chapter 3 3-D Visualizations of a First-Century Galilean Town....................39
Chapter 4 Khirbet Qana (and Other Villages) as a Context for Jesus....................55
Chapter 5 First-Century Houses and Q's Setting....................73
Chapter 6 What has Cana to do with Capernaum?....................91
Part Three SYNAGOGUES AND CHURCHES Chapter 7 Pre-70 Synagogues as Collegia in Rome, the Diaspora, and Judea....................111
Chapter 8 Architectural Transitions from Synagogues and House Churches to Purpose-Built Churches....................135
Chapter 9 Philo and Eusebius on Monasteries and Monasticism: The Therapeutae and Kellia....................151
Chapter 10 Jewish Voluntary Associations in Egypt and the Roles of Women....................165
Chapter 11 Building a "Synodos ... and a Place of their Own"....................187
Chapter 12 An Architectural Case for Synagogues as Associations....................207
Part Four JUDEA AND JERUSALEM Chapter 13 Law and Piety in Herod's Architecture....................225
Chapter 14 Why Turn the Tables? Jesus' Protest in the Temple Precincts....................241
Chapter 15 Josephus, Nicolas of Damascus, and Herod's BuildingProgram....................253
Chapter 16 Origins, Innovations, and Significance of Herod's Temple....................271
Chapter 17 Herod's Temple Architecture and Jerusalem's Tombs....................299
Chapter 18 The James Ossuary's Decoration and Social Setting....................309
Part Four CONCLUSION Chapter 19 Building Jewish in the Roman East....................327
Notes....................347
Glossary....................379
Further Reading....................383
Indexes Ancient Sources....................391
Modern Authors....................401
Sites and Places....................406

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