Reconstructing The First-Century Synagogue Hardback

A Critical Analysis of Current Research

by Stephen Catto;

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Reconstructing The First-Century Synagogue

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The form and function of the ‘synagogue’ in the first century CE has been the focus of a great deal of recent scholarly discussion. A previous generation of scholars would have perceived a reference to a synagogue in a New Testament text as a monolithic institution with clearly defined functions principally involving worship. More recent scholarship has questioned many of these assumptions, pointing out that in the first century CE 'synagogue' should be understood as a reference to a gathering and not a building. Similarly, it is noted that many of the reconstructions of what happened in a ‘synagogue’ are built on evidence that dates to a period much later than the first century.

The purpose of this work is to engage with primary material, both literary and archaeological, in order to assess the positions of current scholarship in the debate. It addresses the literary and archaeological evidence; the range of sacred activities that could have taken place within a first-century synagogue; and finally, the presentation of the ‘synagogue’ in Luke-Acts by means of case studies, to draw conclusions not only useful to NT studies in general, but also historical Jesus studies.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Literary Evidence for the ‘Synagogue’
Chapter 3: Archaeological Evidence for the ‘Synagogue’
Chapter 4: Worship Practices
Chapter 5: The ‘Synagogue’ in Luke-Acts
Chapter 6: Conclusion

Reconstructing The First-Century Synagogue by Stephen Catto was published by Continuum in November 2007 and is our 44317th best seller. The ISBN for Reconstructing The First-Century Synagogue is 9780567045614.

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Page last updated 12th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formathardback
PublisherContinuum (November 2007)
Number of Pages250
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1152142
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