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Sabbath and Synagogue: The Question of Sabbath Worship in Ancient Judaism (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, 122) [Paperback]

By Heather A. McKay (Author)
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Sabbath worship as a communal event does not feature in the Hebrew Bible. In the context of the first century CE, according to Philo and Josephus, the sabbath gatherings took place only for the purpose of studying the law, and not for the liturgical recital of psalms or prayer. Classical authors depict Jews spending the sabbath at home. Jewish inscriptions provide no evidence of sabbath-worship in prayer-houses ("proseuchai"), while the Mishnah prescribes no special communal sabbath activities. The usual picture of Jews going on the sabbath to the synagogue to worship thus appears to be without foundation. It is even doubtful that there were synagogue buildings, for "synagogue" normally meant "community." The conclusion of this study, that there is no evidence that the sabbath was a day of communal Jewish worship before 200 CE, has far-reaching consequences for our understanding of early Jewish-Christian relationships. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   279
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2001
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  0391041517  
ISBN13  9780391041516  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Heather McKay is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Edge Hill College, Ormskirk, Lancashire. David Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield. David Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies and Head of Department in the University of Sheffield. David Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies and Head of Department in the University of Sheffield.

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  1. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies


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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Commentaries > Old Testament
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > History of Religion
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > Jewish Life



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sabbath and synagogue  Feb 10, 2007
So far it is an interesting book. This book is definately a different spin on the subject. Can't wait till I have time to read it all the way through.
 

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