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By Chad S. Spigel

ISBN-10: 3161518799

ISBN-13: 9783161518799

After the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the first type of Jewish worship in Palestine shifted from delivering sacrifices in Jerusalem to non-sacrificial types of worship in neighborhood synagogue constructions. whereas the literary and archaeological facts from the 1st few centuries CE makes this shift transparent, the facts is much less transparent concerning the quantity of synagogue worship at the present. In different phrases, the proof does not explicitly let us know no matter if so much Jews in late-antique Palestine truly participated in synagogue worship. during this publication, Chad Spigel means that it's attainable to examine the level of synagogue worship through deciding upon and reading the seating capacities of historical 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 means of any historic synagogue development. The seating capability method is then utilized to old synagogue constructions from the Roman and Byzantine sessions, hence making a catalog of seating capacities for late-antique Palestine. The seating capacities are then analyzed along side historical inhabitants estimates and different demographic information so that it will higher comprehend neighborhood Jewish worship practices. through amassing and reading seating means and demographic facts for greater than fifty old synagogue structures, the writer not just indicates that the level of synagogue worship diversified from position to put, he additionally presents a big source for students of late-antique Judaism.

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