By Peter Richardson

Archaeology has unearthed the glories of historic Jewish structures in the course of the Mediterranean. yet what has remained shrouded is what those structures intended. construction Jewish first surveys the structure of small rural villages within the Galilee within the early Roman interval sooner than analyzing the improvement of synagogues as "Jewish associations." eventually, development Jewish explores Jerusalem's flurry of creating task lower than Herod the good within the first century BCE. Richardson's cautious paintings not just records the tradition that kinds the history to any research of moment Temple Judaism and early Christianity, yet he additionally succeeds in demonstrating how structure itself, like a textual content, conveys that means and hence without delay illuminates lifestyle and non secular proposal and perform within the historic international.

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Building Jewish In The Roman East (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism)

Archaeology has unearthed the glories of historic Jewish structures through the Mediterranean. yet what has remained shrouded is what those structures intended. development Jewish first surveys the structure of small rural villages within the Galilee within the early Roman interval earlier than reading the advance of synagogues as "Jewish institutions.

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HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION: GALILEE, THE GOLAN, SAMARIA, JUDEA, AND SOCIAL PROTEST Hellenism, Greeks, and Romans Social conditions in the Holy Land changed frequently between the Persian and middle Roman periods, destabilizing society’s institutions and structures and creating the backdrop for social protest. Israel’s loss of identity was partially alleviated in the return from exile under the Persians, but those gains were eroded by Alexander the Great’s conquest and the deliberate introduction of Greek cities (poleis), institutions, and ideals.

This focus gradually but fundamentally altered, beginning with my first visits to Israel and Greece. Prolonged visits to Greece and the Holy Land stunned me, in part because I realized that an architectural background assisted in “reading” sites with more acuity and understanding than many nonarchaeological biblical scholars had. I was working on a commentary on 1 Corinthians and was excited by Corinth’s ability to shed RELIGION AND ARCHITECTURE 13 light on the text, though I soon gave up the commentary project.

304–14; Ant. 415–30). 315–16; Ant. 431–33; see above). 32 CHAPTER TWO Not all events using similar language refer to similar situations, so interpretive caution is necessary. E. may have been primarily a military campaign by Antigonus’s supporters against Herod. 303; Ant. 414–15) need not refer to social protest; military opposition to Herod is a plausible alternative, as suggested by the garrison Herod left behind, the pitched battle at Arbel, the use of an abandoned fortress, and the drowning of Herod’s partisans in the Sea of Galilee (Ant.

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