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XV Conclusions

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Jewish art and architecture flourished in two distinctive periods: the Second Temple period and Late Antiquity. Distinguishing features of Jewish art, such as unidentical symmetry, are already present in the art of the second Temple period but become more prevalent in Late Antiquity. The establishment of the synagogue, with its characteristic architecture and art, is the most important innovation in the Jewish world of Late Antiquity. Jewish synagogue art contains a symbolic vocabulary consisting of the menorah, the ritual objects (the shofar, incense shovel, ethrog, and lulav), the Ark of the Scrolls and the conch. Jewish art, as it is manifested in synagogue sculpture of the Galilee and Golan regions, reveals connections with the prevailing Hellenistic art, as well as with that of the orient, Syria, and the Hauran.

Keywords:Jewish art; Late Antiquity; Second Temple period

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