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Graced with nearly 200 historical photographs, architectural drawings, maps, diagrams, and color illustrations, Resplendent Synagogue vividly recreates the spiritual heart of a once vibrant Jewish community. Hubka "reads" the synagogue both as a historical document and as a cultural artifact. His interpretation of its art and architecture - and its liturgy - enables him to recreate a pre-modern Jewish community seen in relation to both its internal traditions of worship and its external relations with Gentile neighbors. Hubka demonstrates that while the architectural exterior of the synagogue was largely the product of non-Jewish, regional influences, the interior design and elaborate wall-paintings signified a distinctly Jewish art form. The collaboration of Jewish and Gentile builders, craftsmen, and artists in the creation of this magnificent wooden structure attests to an eighteenth-century period of relative prosperity and community well-being for the Jews of Gwozdziec. Hubka's unique exploration of a lost religious and cultural artifact breathes new life into a forgotten but fascinating aspect of eighteenth-century Polish Jewry and is certain to inspire discussion and debate among modern readers.
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8 1/2 x 11 trim. 168 illus.About the Author:
Thomas C. Hubka is Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
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Book Description Brandeis, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111584652160