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Evolution Of The Synagogue : Problems and Progress - Clark Kee

Evolution Of The Synagogue

Problems and Progress

By: Clark Kee

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9781563382963

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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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Introductionp. 1
The Origins of the Synagogue in the Land of Israel
Defining the First-Century C.E. Synagogue: Problems and Progressp. 7
Ancient Texts, Archaeology as Text, and the Problem of the First-Century Synagoguep. 27
Synagogues in Galilee and the Gospelsp. 46
The Development of the Synagogue in the Diaspora
The Synagogue of Dura-Europos: A Critical Analysisp. 73
Were Pharisees and Rabbis the Leaders of Communal Prayer and Torah Study in Antiquity? The Evidence of the New Testament, Josephus, and the Early Church Fathersp. 89
The Jewish Community of Ancient Sardis: Deconstruction and Reconstructionp. 106
Melito's Peri Pascha: Its Relationship to Judaism and Sardis in Recent Scholarly Discussionp. 123
Jews, Slaves, and the Synagogue on the Black Sea: The Bosporan Manumission Inscriptions and Their Significance for Diaspora Judaismp. 141
Jews and Christians at Ancient Chersonesus: The Transformation of Jewish Public Spacep. 158
Selected Bibliography on the Synagogue and Related Themesp. 175
Index of Ancient Textsp. 177
General Indexp. 180
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ISBN: 9781563382963
ISBN-10: 1563382962
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.97  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1