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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 kind of Jewish worship in Palestine shifted from providing sacrifices in Jerusalem to non-sacrificial varieties 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 quantity of synagogue worship at present. In different phrases, the facts does not explicitly let us know no matter if such a lot Jews in late-antique Palestine really participated in synagogue worship. during this e-book, Chad Spigel means that it really is attainable to check the level of synagogue worship through choosing and examining the seating capacities of historical synagogue constructions. He starts 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 potential of any old synagogue development. The seating skill technique is then utilized to historical 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 together with historic inhabitants estimates and different demographic facts with a view to higher comprehend neighborhood Jewish worship practices. by means of amassing and interpreting seating potential and demographic information 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 a tremendous source for students of late-antique Judaism.

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