Evolution of the Synagogue: Problems and Progress

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Nine prominent scholars and researchers into rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity investigate the literary and archaeological evidence by which the evolution of the synagogue can be traced. The contributions fall into two groupings: (1) those concerned with the development of the synagogue in the land of ancient Israel and (2) analyses of the diverse and abundant evidence from synagogues in the dispersion, especially Syria and Asia Minor. Also included is an examination of the literary and traditional evidence...
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Overview

Nine prominent scholars and researchers into rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity investigate the literary and archaeological evidence by which the evolution of the synagogue can be traced. The contributions fall into two groupings: (1) those concerned with the development of the synagogue in the land of ancient Israel and (2) analyses of the diverse and abundant evidence from synagogues in the dispersion, especially Syria and Asia Minor. Also included is an examination of the literary and traditional evidence from historical, rabbinic, and early Christian sources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563382963
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Origins of the Synagogue in the Land of Israel
1 Defining the First-Century C.E. Synagogue: Problems and Progress 7
2 Ancient Texts, Archaeology as Text, and the Problem of the First-Century Synagogue 27
3 Synagogues in Galilee and the Gospels 46
Pt. 2 The Development of the Synagogue in the Diaspora
4 The Synagogue of Dura-Europos: A Critical Analysis 73
5 Were Pharisees and Rabbis the Leaders of Communal Prayer and Torah Study in Antiquity? The Evidence of the New Testament, Josephus, and the Early Church Fathers 89
6 The Jewish Community of Ancient Sardis: Deconstruction and Reconstruction 106
7 Melito's Peri Pascha: Its Relationship to Judaism and Sardis in Recent Scholarly Discussion 123
8 Jews, Slaves, and the Synagogue on the Black Sea: The Bosporan Manumission Inscriptions and Their Significance for Diaspora Judaism 141
9 Jews and Christians at Ancient Chersonesus: The Transformation of Jewish Public Space 158
Selected Bibliography on the Synagogue and Related Themes 175
Index of Ancient Texts 177
General Index 180
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