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Dated Churches In Galilee And The Chancel Screen

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This chapter presents three phases of the church in chronological order. The first phase was basilical, with a nave flanked by aisles, and a single apse. The second phase consists of rebuilding of the northern wall and addition of two small apses flanking the central one. The third phase of the building is represented by the addition of a diaconicon to the northeast. For churches in Palaestina Secunda, the earliest positive date for the chancel screen comes from the church at Horvat Esh-Shubeka, where an inscription in the floor of the bema platform gives 513 CE for the mosaic pavement. The inscriptions are the strongest evidence so far that the chancel screen in churches of upper Galilee began to appear as an important furnishing from the early sixth century, as it became standard part of church interiors.

Keywords: chancel screen; dated churches; Galilee



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