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

By Chad S. Spigel

After the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the first kind of Jewish worship in Palestine shifted from delivering 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 facts is much less transparent in regards to the volume of synagogue worship at the moment. In different phrases, the facts does not explicitly let us know even if such a lot Jews in late-antique Palestine really participated in synagogue worship. during this publication, Chad Spigel means that it's attainable to check the level of synagogue worship through making a choice on and reading the seating capacities of historic synagogue constructions. He starts via filling a lacuna within the scholarly literature with the construction of a strategy that may be used to figure out the seating capability of any historic synagogue development. The seating skill technique is then utilized to old synagogue constructions 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 historical inhabitants estimates and different demographic facts with a view to greater comprehend neighborhood Jewish worship practices. through accumulating and reading seating capability and demographic information for greater than fifty historic synagogue structures, the writer not just exhibits that the level of synagogue worship diversified from position to put, he additionally presents an immense source for students of late-antique Judaism.

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