From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design

The Traditional Design - Its Beginning, Its Definition, Its End

by John Wilkinson;

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From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design

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The designs of synagogues and churches are acknowledged to be very alike. But the designers' procedure was confidential, and so far standard explanations have been unsatisfactory. A synagogue should express heavenly values with earthly materials. This combination was in fact expressed in numbers, for, as Plato said, they linked heaven and earth. Scripture described both the Jewish Tabernacle and Temple with a wealth of numbers. Proportions based on these numbers were used to design synagogues. Only a few Jewish documents survive, but they reveal a symbolism, which Christians sometimes repeat. The synagogue sanctuary was designed to contain the 'Holy Ark', and the mosaic floors reveal the point 'Before the Ark' for the prayers and readings. These places faced each other, with the idea that God was facing his people. The synagogue was seen as facing heaven and in church buildings Christians repeated the same proportions. This was a joint tradition among Jews and Christians. It was easy to design, was carried out secretly and accurately, and - without a computer - was extremely hard to unravel. This book, for the first time, does just that.

From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design by John Wilkinson was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in May 2002. The ISBN for From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design is 9780700713202.

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Details for From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design

Author / Artist
Book FormatMixed media product
Items in PackContains
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (May 2002)
Additional InformationContains Hardback and CD-ROM
Number of Pages304
Thickness19 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1192996
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