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    The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years (Hardback) By (author) Lee I. Levine


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    DescriptionThe synagogue was one of the most central and revolutionary institutions of ancient Judaism leaving an indelible mark on Christianity and Islam as well. This commanding book provides an in-depth and comprehensive history of the synagogue from the Hellenistic period to the end of late antiquity.Drawing exhaustively on archeological evidence and on such literary sources as rabbinic material, the New Testament, Jewish writings of the Second Temple period, and Christian and pagan works, Lee Levine traces the development of the synagogue from what was essentially a communal institution to one which came to embody a distinctively religious profile. Exploring its history in the Greco-Roman and Byzantine periods in both Palestine and the Diaspora, he describes the synagogue's basic features: its physical remains; its role in the community; its leadership; the roles of rabbis, Patriarchs, women, and priests in its operation; its liturgy; and its art. What emerges is a fascinating mosaic of a dynamic institution that succeeded in integrating patterns of social and religious behavior from the contemporary non-Jewish society while maintaining a distinctively Jewish character.

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    The Ancient Synagogue
    The First Thousand Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lee I. Levine
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 754
    Width: 186 mm
    Height: 259 mm
    Thickness: 56 mm
    Weight: 1,986 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300074758
    ISBN 10: 0300074751

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
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    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR1, HDD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRJ, HRLP7
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000, REL040030, REL040010
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    B&T Approval Code: A13422000
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    DC21: 296.6509
    DC22: 296.6/5/0901
    LC classification: BM653 .L38 2000
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    Thema V1.0: QRJ, JBSR, NHTB, NHC, NHG, NKD, QRVS5
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 March 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven