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This introductory chapter of the book talks about Jewish synagogue archaeology, architecture and art. It briefly discusses the content details of the other chapters in the book. Jewish synagogue archaeology, architecture, and art comprise a specific form that was created to serve the local Jewish communities following the destruction of the Second Temple. The book examines the available current data, and attempts to reach a comprehensive interpretation of the material presented and its significance. It also examines the forces of both continuity and discontinuity, thereby drawing attention to what is truly distinctive in synagogue art. The book discusses the extensive development of Jewish synagogue art and archaeology, its symbolic and iconographic vocabulary, and its characteristic features, and assigns these to their proper context. The book also enables us to reconstruct a vivid picture of the past in which the spiritual and material nature of Judaism is disclosed.

Keywords:architecture; iconographic vocabulary; Jewish synagogue archaeology; Jewish synagogue art; Second Temple



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