From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design: Its Beginning, its Definition, its End [NOOK Book]

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The designs of synagogues and churches are acknowledged to be very alike. But the designers' procedure was confidential, and so far standard explanations have been unsatisfactory. A synagogue should express heavenly values with earthly materials. This combination was in fact expressed in numbers, for, as Plato said, they linked heaven and earth. Scripture described both the Jewish Tabernacle and Temple with a wealth of numbers. Proportions based on these numbers were used to ...
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From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design: Its Beginning, its Definition, its End

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Overview

The designs of synagogues and churches are acknowledged to be very alike. But the designers' procedure was confidential, and so far standard explanations have been unsatisfactory. A synagogue should express heavenly values with earthly materials. This combination was in fact expressed in numbers, for, as Plato said, they linked heaven and earth. Scripture described both the Jewish Tabernacle and Temple with a wealth of numbers. Proportions based on these numbers were used to design synagogues.
Only a few Jewish documents survive, but they reveal a symbolism, which Christians sometimes repeat. The synagogue sanctuary was designed to contain the 'Holy Ark', and the mosaic floors reveal the point 'Before the Ark' for the prayers and readings. These places faced each other, with the idea that God was facing his people. The synagogue was seen as facing heaven and in church buildings Christians repeated the same proportions. This was a joint tradition among Jews and Christians. It was easy to design, was carried out secretly and accurately, and - without a computer - was extremely hard to unravel. This book, for the first time, does just that.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317832423
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/4/2014
  • Series: Routledge Jewish Studies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 10 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
The Documents
List of Illustrations
1 The Shape of the Question 1
2 The Philosophy 14
3 God-Given Buildings 23
4 Synagogues and their Liturgy 37
5 Heaven and Earth 51
6 Synagogue Proportions 70
7 The Mosaic Floors of Synagogues 88
8 Christian Dedication Services 114
9 The First Part of the Eucharist 129
10 The Second Part of the Eucharist 149
11 The End of the Tradition 162
Documents 177
Appendices 221
Chronological List of Sources 251
Bibliography and Abbreviations 253
Synagogue Sample Plans 259
Church Sample Plans 261
Index 265
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