Ancient Synagogue Seating Capacities: Methodology, Analysis by Chad S. Spigel PDF

By Chad S. Spigel

After the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the first type of Jewish worship in Palestine shifted from supplying sacrifices in Jerusalem to non-sacrificial types of worship in neighborhood synagogue structures. whereas the literary and archaeological facts from the 1st few centuries CE makes this shift transparent, the proof is much less transparent in regards to the volume of synagogue worship at the present. In different phrases, the facts does not explicitly let us know even if such a lot Jews in late-antique Palestine truly participated in synagogue worship. during this e-book, Chad Spigel means that it really is attainable to envision the level of synagogue worship by means of settling on and reading 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 technique that may be used to figure out the seating ability of any old synagogue construction. The seating skill technique is then utilized to historic synagogue constructions from the Roman and Byzantine classes, therefore making a catalog of seating capacities for late-antique Palestine. The seating capacities are then analyzed together with old inhabitants estimates and different demographic info with a view to greater comprehend neighborhood Jewish worship practices. by way of collecting and studying seating potential and demographic info for greater than fifty old synagogue constructions, the writer not just indicates that the level of synagogue worship different from position to put, he additionally offers an immense source for students of late-antique Judaism.

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