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Lee I. Levine

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pp. 3-32

Print Length

29 pages

1. Diversity in the Ancient Synagogue of Roman-Byzantine Palestine

Historical Implications

  • Lee I. Levine (author)
Lee I. Levine’s ‘Diversity in the Ancient Synagogue of Roman-Byzantine Palestine: Historical Implications’ addresses the variety of synagogues in Late Antiquity. Levine criticizes the hypothesis of a linear development of synagogue types and shows that there was a great deal of diversity in synagogue art, architecture, and even liturgy throughout Late Antiquity. Furthermore, the number and size of synagogues suggests a thriving Jewish community even after the Christianization of the Roman Empire, a time that has been normally viewed as one of steady decline for the Jews.


Lee I. Levine