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, Building Jewish…  See more details below

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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 B.C.E. 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

Ch. 1Religion and architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean3
Ch. 2Jesus and Palestinian social protest in archaeological and literary perspective17
Ch. 33-D visualizations of a first-century Galilean town39
Ch. 4Khirbet Qana (and other villages) as a context for Jesus55
Ch. 5First-century houses and Q's setting73
Ch. 6What has Cana to do with Capernaum?91
Ch. 7Pre-70 synagogues as Collegia in Rome, the diaspora, and Judea111
Ch. 8Architectural transitions from synagogues and house churches to purpose-built churches135
Ch. 9Philo and Eusebius on monasteries and monasticism : the Therapeutae and Kellia151
Ch. 10Jewish voluntary associations in Egypt and the roles of women165
Ch. 11Building a "Synodos ... and a place of their own"187
Ch. 12An architectural case for synagogues as associations207
Ch. 13Law and piety in Herod's architecture225
Ch. 14Why turn the tables? : Jesus' protest in the temple precincts241
Ch. 15Josephus, Nicolas of Damascus, and Herod's building program253
Ch. 16Origins, innovations, and significance of Herod's temple271
Ch. 17Herod's temple architecture and Jerusalem's tombs299
Ch. 18The James Ossuary's decoration and social setting309
Ch. 19Building Jewish in the Roman East327

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