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This chapter provides the figures of the Synagogue in Late Antique Palestine. By the sixth century, plans of twelve excavated buildings out of thirty-five securely-dated synagogues in Palestine bear features typical of the early Byzantine church: in layout, in architectural ornamentation, in floor mosaics, in furniture, or occasionally in combinations of these features. Synagogues dating from the fourth to sixth centuries are concentrated in Upper and Lower Galilee, and in the Golan. The most important Greek inscription found in Jerusalem from the first century describes a synagogue built by Theodotos the priest and head of the synagogue, the archisynagogos.

Keywords: Byzantine church; Late Antique Palestine; synagogue



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