New PDF release: Ancient Synagogue Seating Capacities: Methodology, Analysis

By Chad S. Spigel

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 varieties 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 in regards to the volume of synagogue worship at the moment. In different phrases, the facts does not explicitly let us know no matter if so much Jews in late-antique Palestine truly participated in synagogue worship. during this booklet, Chad Spigel means that it's attainable to check the level of synagogue worship by way of settling on and studying the seating capacities of historic synagogue constructions. He starts off via filling a lacuna within the scholarly literature with the construction of a technique that may be used to figure out the seating skill of any old synagogue development. The seating capability technique is then utilized to historical synagogue structures from the Roman and Byzantine classes, therefore making a catalog of seating capacities for late-antique Palestine. The seating capacities are then analyzed along side historic inhabitants estimates and different demographic facts that allows you to greater comprehend neighborhood Jewish worship practices. through amassing and studying seating ability and demographic info for greater than fifty historical synagogue constructions, the writer not just indicates that the level of synagogue worship diversified from position to put, he additionally offers an incredible source for students of late-antique Judaism.

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