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By Chad S. Spigel

After the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the first kind of Jewish worship in Palestine shifted from delivering sacrifices in Jerusalem to non-sacrificial varieties of worship in neighborhood synagogue constructions. whereas the literary and archaeological proof from the 1st few centuries CE makes this shift transparent, the proof is much less transparent concerning the quantity of synagogue worship at the present. In different phrases, the proof does not explicitly let us know even if so much Jews in late-antique Palestine really participated in synagogue worship. during this e-book, Chad Spigel means that it's attainable to examine the level of synagogue worship via identifying and studying the seating capacities of old synagogue constructions. 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 means of any historic synagogue development. The seating potential technique is then utilized to old synagogue structures from the Roman and Byzantine sessions, therefore making a catalog of seating capacities for late-antique Palestine. The seating capacities are then analyzed along with historic inhabitants estimates and different demographic info with a view to larger comprehend neighborhood Jewish worship practices. by way of amassing and studying seating skill and demographic info for greater than fifty old synagogue constructions, the writer not just exhibits that the level of synagogue worship different from position to put, he additionally offers a massive source for students of late-antique Judaism.

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