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III Recently Excavated and Newly Published Synagogues

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This chapter focuses on the monumental structure at Qazion, excavated in the 1990s. The structure is a Galilean structure associated with or utilized by Jews in the late 2nd-early 3rd centuries CE. It talks about the early synagogues dated to the same period. The chapter then focuses on the synagogues presented by region: Galilee, Golan, Qasrin, and south Judea. Characteristic of all the synagogues are the Torah shrine (in the forms of aedicula, niche, or apse) and the benches, which prove the function of the buildings as assembly, prayer, and study edifices. In conclusion, synagogues in the Land of Israel were constructed continuously throughout the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Keywords:early synagogue; Galilean synagogues; Golan synagogues; Qasrin; South Judea synagogues



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