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Excavations at Ancient Nabratein: Synago

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Title: Excavations at Ancient Nabratein: Synago

Publisher: Eisenbrauns

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The site of Nabratein is situated on a remote promontory in an extensive pine forest northeast of Safed. This report is the sixth and final volume of the Meiron Excavation Project. The discovery in 1981 of the pediment of a Holy Ark from the Nabratein synagogue coincided with the release of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. That coincidence brought much unanticipated press coverage to the expedition and its senior staff, even though we insisted that the discovery of perhaps the earliest synagogue ark was not to be identified with the recovery of the biblical Ark of the Covenant. Although the media attention was totally unexpected, we all did our best to respond to the occasion with honesty and a bit of whimsy. Such coverage of the Nabratein excavation resulted in making many more people interested in archaeology, even if it didn't solve a biblical mystery. Now we hope that this full publication of the results of our work at the site will afford it a lasting place in the annals of the archaeology of Israel.?â"from the Preface Errata: A PDF of errata and corrigenda is available here for download. Bookseller Inventory # MEYNABRAT

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Synopsis: "The site of Nabratein is situated on a remote promontory in an extensive pine forest northeast of Safed. This report is the sixth and final volume of the Meiron Excavation Project. The discovery in 1981 of the pediment of a Holy Ark from the Nabratein synagogue coincided with the release of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. That coincidence brought much unanticipated press coverage to the expedition and its senior staff, even though we insisted that the discovery of perhaps the earliest synagogue ark was not to be identified with the recovery of the biblical Ark of the Covenant. Although the media attention was totally unexpected, we all did our best to respond to the occasion with honesty and a bit of whimsy. Such coverage of the Nabratein excavation resulted in making many more people interested in archaeology, even if it didn t solve a biblical mystery. Now we hope that this full publication of the results of our work at the site will afford it a lasting place in the annals of the archaeology of Israel." from the Preface

Review: There can be few students of the Bible and the Jewish past in the land of Israel who have contributed so much, over so wide a range, as Eric and Carol Meyers. . . . No programme of work could more deserve the respect of all those who, in different ways, are attached to Judaism and its past. It is therefore a scandal that the Editors are forced to report in their Preface (p. xviii) that their excavation, begun in 1980, had to be broken off after the 1981 season because of harassment by ultra-orthodox Jews, opposed to the involvement of non-Jews in the excavation, and to the immodesty of the dress of the team. . . . We need not pursue here the valuable detailed reports on the area immediately surrounding the synagogue, and on the lamps, other pottery, stone and other artifacts, and coins, all fully illustrated by photos and drawings. This volume is a more than worthy addition to the impressive series of reports on Galilean synagogues which the authors have to their credit, and is further testimony to a deep and genuine dedication to the Jewish past." Fergus Millar, Oriental Institute, Oxford, in Journal of Jewish StudiesAutumn 2010 --Journal of Jewish StudiesAutumn 2010

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