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This Holy Place: On the Sanctity of the Synagogue During the Greco-Roman Period (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity)

Fine, Steven

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ISBN 10: 0268042063 / ISBN 13: 9780268042066
Published by University of Notre Dame Press, 1998
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Title: This Holy Place: On the Sanctity of the ...

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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This book describes in detail the long and creative process by which holines became ascribed to synagogues. The author reaches back to the earliest history of the synagogue to explore the ideological development of synagogue as well as important trends in the history of Judaism.

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There have been a plethora of studies on the ancient synagogue based on the new archaeological and literary sources that are coming to light, but this volume by Fine (Rabbinic studies, Baltimore Hebrew Univ.) is the most exhaustive study yet. The result of seven years of research, this revision of a doctoral dissertation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a massive compendium of sources and scholarship. Both literary sources and archaeological remains dating back to the Greco-Roman period call the synagogue a holy place; Fine studies how and why it attained that designation. The twin testimonies to the sanctification process are traced from the Second Temple Period in Tannaitic, Amoraic, and Post-Amoraic literature from the land of Israel, archaeological remains from late Palestinian antiquity, and the references to synagogues throughout the Diaspora in late antiquity. A substantial, scholarly book that is still accessible to those who have sufficient interest in the subject but lack the specialist's understanding of archaeology and Jewish literature.?Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
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