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8 Furnishing God’s Study House: An Exercise in Rabbinic Imagination

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The Genizah version of Pereq Meshiah preserves a rich description of God's study house that offers a fascinating window into the spaces where Jewish liturgy was acted out during the late Byzantine and early Islamic periods. This chapter focuses upon the enigmatic "partition for the bema", and parallel terminology in Rabbinic sources. Christian architecture, and particularly the archaeology of the ancient synagogue, suggest that this "partition" might be imagined in terms of synagogue "chancel" screens. The chapter provides a "thick description" of aspects of "the great study house of the holy one, blessed be he, in the future", with a focus on the partition that surrounded the podium upon which God sat in judgment, in terms of synagogue architecture from late antique Palestine. Simultaneously, a possible Jewish denotation for a synagogue artifact that was borrowed from church architecture, the "chancel screen" is suggested.

Keywords: bema; chancel screen; Genizah version; God; Islamic periods; partition; podium; Rabbinic sources; study house



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