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After the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the first kind of Jewish worship in Palestine shifted from supplying sacrifices in Jerusalem to non-sacrificial sorts of worship in neighborhood synagogue structures. whereas the literary and archaeological facts from the 1st few centuries CE makes this shift transparent, the facts is much less transparent in regards to the quantity of synagogue worship at the moment. In different phrases, the facts does not explicitly let us know even if so much Jews in late-antique Palestine really participated in synagogue worship. during this e-book, Chad Spigel means that it really is attainable to envision the level of synagogue worship via settling on and examining the seating capacities of historic synagogue constructions. He starts off by means of filling a lacuna within the scholarly literature with the construction of a strategy that may be used to figure out the seating skill of any historic synagogue construction. The seating capability method is then utilized to historical synagogue structures from the Roman and Byzantine classes, hence making a catalog of seating capacities for late-antique Palestine. The seating capacities are then analyzed at the side of old inhabitants estimates and different demographic facts for you to larger comprehend neighborhood Jewish worship practices. by way of amassing and studying seating means and demographic information for greater than fifty historic synagogue constructions, the writer not just exhibits that the level of synagogue worship diversified from position to put, he additionally presents an incredible source for students of late-antique Judaism.

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Ancient Synagogue Seating Capacities: Methodology, Analysis and Limits (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism)

After the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the first type of Jewish worship in Palestine shifted from providing sacrifices in Jerusalem to non-sacrificial sorts of worship in neighborhood synagogue structures. whereas the literary and archaeological proof from the 1st few centuries CE makes this shift transparent, the facts is much less transparent concerning the volume of synagogue worship at the present.

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