This Holy Place: On the Sanctity of the Synagogue During the Greco-Roman Period

This Holy Place: On the Sanctity of the Synagogue During the Greco-Roman Period

by Steven Fine

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""Steven Fine's This Holy Place is a comprehensive treatment of the synagogue as a place of sanctity in Late Antiquity. This book is essential for an understanding of how the synagogue became the central Jewish communal institution and how it served as a substitute for the destroyed Jerusalem Temple during the long period of Jewish exile from the Land of Israel. Fine's mastery of both archaeological evidence and a wide variety of literary sources makes this a major contribution to the field.""
--Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

""Fine has mastered an unusually wide range of disciplines--rabbinical sources, archaeology, art and epigraphy. . . . His book is thoroughly researched, well written, and engagingly presented. It should be required reading for anyone interested in how this most central institution of Jewish life was perceived and presented.""
--Lee I. Levine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

""I read [This Holy Place] with the greatest profit and enjoyment. It is an important contribution to the entire nature of late antique civilization and not only to Jewish studies.""
--Peter Brown, Princeton University


Steven Fine is the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532609268
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2016
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Steven Fine is the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 "Sacred Places That They Call Synagogues" 25

The Roots of Synagogue Holiness during the Second Temple Period

Chapter 2 "They Are Sacred Even When Destroyed" 55

The Holiness of Synagogues in Tannaitic Literature

Chapter 3 "The Sanctity of the Synagogue" 61

The Holiness of Synagogues in Amomic and Post-Amoraic Literature from the Land of Israel

Chapter 4 "May Peace Be unto All Those Who Cave Charity in This Holy Place" 95

Archaeological Evidence for the Holmes of Late Antique Synagogues in the Lund of Israel

Chapter 5 "You Believe the Place Is Holy Because the Torah and Prophets Are There…" 127

Synagogue Holiness in the Diaspora during Late Antiquity

Conclusion 159

Postscript 163

Notes 173

Bibliography 241

Photo Credits 279

Index of Ancient Literary Sources 281

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Peter Brown

I read [This Holy Place] with the greatest profit and enjoyment. It is an important contribution to the entire nature of late antique civilization and not only to Jewish studies. - (Peter Brown, Department of History, Princeton University)

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