By David Milson
This research is a re-examination of the impression of Christian paintings and structure on synagogues in past due old Palestine, focussing on beneficial properties universal to either church buildings and synagogues. Why did radical adjustments look in Jewish artwork and structure in the course of a interval of festival with Christians?
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At the same time no country more urgently requires illustration. The face of the landscape, the climate, the productions, the manners, dress, and modes of life of its inhabitants, differ in so many material respects from those of the Western world, that without an accurate knowledge of them it is not too much to say the outward form and complexion of the events and much of the significance of the records must remain more or less obscure. Even to a casual traveler in the Holy Land the Bible becomes, in its form and therefore to some extent in its substance, a new book.
From this point on, Capernaum, Chorazin, Meiron, Arbel, and Bar’am became part of the early group known as Galilean-type synagogues. 15 These were: Bar’am (2 synagogues), Nabratein, Meiron, Gush Halav, Horvat Sumaqa, Capernaum, Horvat #Ammudim, Chorazin, Arbel, Sufsaf, and possibly at Horvat Shema’. 16 Conder, 1878, 32. 17 idem. , 1984, 167-169; Aviam, 1985; Magness, 1990. 18 Guérin, 1880, 229. 1. ‘Galilean’ synagogues—the ‘early’ type The earliest collective work of uncovering ancient synagogues was undertaken by the German Oriental Society, when in 1903 Hölscher and Thiersch travelled to Palestine to identify the most important sites for excavation.
Ch. 2, 20ff. 21 For Israeli scholars upholding this dating, see: Tsafrir, 1981b; published in English as: Tsafrir, 1995a; and also Tsafrir, 1989 and Foerster, 1989b. indd 23 10/17/2006 3:47:02 PM 24 chapter one Jews and the rise of the Jewish Patriarchate. The theory quickly gained scholarly approval. e. 22 However, an increasing number of excavations from the late 1920’s and 1930’s uncovered synagogue buildings unlike the Galilean type. These new buildings did not conform to the accepted concept of normative Judaism.
Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Late Antique Palestine (Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity,Volume 65) by David Milson