Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Between synagogue and church

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

A significant subject in ancient art and architecture of Palaestina and Arabia is the parallel development and reciprocal influences of ancient synagogues and churches. Several distinctive systematic schemes of nave carpet design can be recognized in synagogues and churches. Time, the year, and the calendar are represented differently in synagogues and churches. The zodiac design, consisting of three parts for personification of the seasons, the zodiac signs, and the sun god, is characteristic of synagogues, whereas church pavements are illustrated with the personifications of the twelve months and the four seasons in separate designs and different compositions. The organization of the church field is different from that of the synagogue: floors are divided into geometric or organic carpets, and sometimes sub-divided into sections by vine branches or geometric patterns such as squares, circles, and hexagons, all filled with beasts, birds, objects, and plants.

Keywords:Calendar; carpets; Church; Synagogue; zodiac design



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Ancient Mosaic Pavements — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation