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XIII Women

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This chapter focuses on the representations and images of women in Jewish archaeology and art, and on the status of women in the synagogue. Jewellery is an indicator of socio-economic status and in addition it sometimes holds social, political and religious attributes. Head coverings such as crowns, wreaths, and hats, separate the head from the forehead, and face; necklaces, chains, and astrings highlight the border between neck and chest. Earrings enhance the edge of the ear; bracelets, the wrist joint separating arm and hand; ankle bangles - separate the leg from the foot; rings - the finger from the palm; clasps of various sorts mark the edge of a garment. These artificial objects (the jewelry) act as boundary lines to distinguish between the various parts of the body and were logically and purposely created by humans. The chapter discusses the main questions and issues concerning women in the synagogue.

Keywords:beth alpha seasons; jewellery; Jewish archaeology; Jewish women



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