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Overview Nine prominent scholars and researchers into rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity investigate the literary and archaeological evidence by which the evolution of the synagogue can be traced. The contributions fall into two groupings: (1) those concerned with the development of the synagogue in the land of ancient Israel and (2) analyses of the diverse and abundant evidence from synagogues in the dispersion, especially Syria and Asia Minor. Also included is an examination of the literary and traditional evidence from historical, rabbinic, and early Christian sources.
Publishers Description Nine prominent scholars and researchers into rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity here investigate the literary and archaeological evidence by which the evolution of the synagogue can be traced. This research project began as the theme of the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian origins at the University of Pennsylvania during the academic year 1993/ 1994, chaired by Howard C. Kee and Lynn Cohick. In addition to papers presented at the Seminar, outstanding scholars who have analyzed the relevant literature and/or the archaeological evidence from ancient synagogue sites over the early centuries of the Common Era were invited to contribute essays as well. The various contributions to this volume are presented in two groupings: (1) those concerned with the development of the synagogue in the land of ancient Israel and (2) analyses of the diverse and abundant evidence from synagogues in the dispersion, especially Syria and Asia Minor. Also included is an examination of the literary and traditional evidence from historical, rabbinic, and early Christian sources. In addition to the editor, contributors include James F. Strange, University of South Florida; Richard A. Horsley, University of Massachusetts; Joseph Gutman, Wayne State University; Shaye J. D. Cohen, Brown University; Marianne Bonz, Harvard Divinity School; Lynn H. Cohick, Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology; J. Andrew Overman, Macalester College; and Douglas R. Edwards, University of Puget Sound. Howard Clark Kee is Aurelio Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus at Boston University and Visiting Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1999
Publisher Trinity Press
ISBN 1563382962 ISBN13 9781563382963
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More About Howard Clark Kee & Lynn H. Cohick
Howard Clark Kee is Professor of Religion Emeritus of Graduate Studies and Religion at Boston University and is now Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of several acclaimed books including Understanding the New Testament, The Cambridge Companion to the Bible, Miracles in the Early Christian World, and Jesus in History.
Howard Clark Kee has an academic affiliation as follows - Boston University, Duke University Boston University Boston University.
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could have been more accessible Jan 11, 2010
This book is a set of scholarly essays, all of which relate in some way to Jews (mostly Greek-speaking Jews) in the (mostly) late Roman Empire. Essays deal with the etymology of the word "synagogue" (which in Roman times mostly meant "gathering" rather than a religious congregation), when synagogues in the modern sense started to appear in Israel (unclear, but possibly as late as 200 CE), the Jewish communities of a few Asian and Eastern European towns, the relationship between early rabbis and synagogues (unclear but probably weak, since rabbis were centered in a few towns with religious academies), and an anti-Semitic sermon by someone named Melito.
Generally, this book is not useful for anyone who isn't already an expert, because many of the essays provide too little context to make them accessible for non-experts. For example, the Melito essay doesn't quote the sermon at issue to any significant extent.
The most interesting essay was the one on the synagogue at Dura, built in the 3rd century on the Roman/Parthian frontier. While many synagogues have very little visual art, this synagogue included paintings of David, Moses and other Jewish heroes. However, the essay overstates the potential conflict between the Second Commandment and visual art: though pictures of humans are rare in synagogues, portraits of animals (e.g. those representing Jewish tribes) are quite common.