The Synagogue

Lee I. Levine

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199216437
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 The Synagogue

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This article takes a look at the synagogue, which was central to Judaism and the largest monumental building in any Jewish community. The article first looks at the salient second temple synagogues, including their origins and the models that were used in creating them. It moves on to examine the synagogues of late antiquity and the central issues in the study of Jewish art. The final sections of the article discuss the influence of rabbis and the synagogue, as well as the local factor in synagogue art and architecture.

Keywords: synagogue; second temple synagogues; late antiquity; Jewish art; synagogue art; synagogue architecture

Article.  8323 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World ; Classical History

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