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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 different types of worship in neighborhood synagogue constructions. whereas the literary and archaeological facts from the 1st few centuries CE makes this shift transparent, the facts is much less transparent concerning the volume of synagogue worship at present. In different phrases, the proof 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 truly is attainable to examine the level of synagogue worship through choosing and reading the seating capacities of old synagogue structures. He starts by means of filling a lacuna within the scholarly literature with the production of a technique that may be used to figure out the seating potential of any historic synagogue construction. The seating ability technique is then utilized to historical 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 at the side of old inhabitants estimates and different demographic facts so one can higher comprehend neighborhood Jewish worship practices. through amassing and studying seating potential and demographic info for greater than fifty historic synagogue structures, the writer not just indicates that the level of synagogue worship assorted from position to put, he additionally presents an immense source for students of late-antique Judaism.

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