Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Late Antique by David Milson

By David Milson

This learn is a re-examination of the influence of Christian paintings and structure on synagogues in past due old Palestine, focussing on positive aspects universal to either church buildings and synagogues. Why did radical alterations look in Jewish paintings and structure in the course of a interval of pageant with Christians?

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Bijovsky, 2002, 204. 61 Only two percent of the coins found there date from the mid-fifth to mid-seventh centuries. However, imported fifth-century fine wares concurrently increased at this site as the number of coin finds decreased. This extremely important fact indicates that we must be vigilant in what evidence we use for dating ancient synagogues. An over-reliance on coin finds for absolute dating is common in archaeological reports. Layouts of several fifth- and sixth-century synagogues in Palestine conform to the plan of the early Byzantine mono-apsidal church.

26 Sukenik surmised that the synagogue at Na’aran also had an apse in the south, but this section had been washed away by the nearby wadi; Sukenik, 1932, 32. indd 24 10/17/2006 3:47:02 PM evolution and ancient synagogues 25 zodiac in the centre panel with personifications of the four seasons at the corners and a chariot driven by Helios in the centre. At Beth Alpha, the Torah Ark flanked by 7-branched menorahs is depicted in the southern panel nearest the apse. In the northern panel nearest the main door is a depiction of the binding of Isaac.

35 Moore, 1927. 36 Cohen, 1999, 925; Horbury, 1998, 4; Freyne, 1998, xv; Hoppe, 1994, 19-25; Neusner, 1966; Neusner, 1980. 37 Sukenik, 1934, 2. 38 See Avi-Yonah’s chapter nine, entitled: ‘The Great Assault on the Jews and Judaism 363-439’, Avi-Yonah, 1984, 208-231. 41 Furthermore, we have little written evidence from non-Jewish sources about Jews living in this area. Consequently, archaeological evidence has been a boon, supplementing and sometimes contradicting the information provided by the literary sources.

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