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Building Jewish In The Roman East
Peter Richardson

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Format: Paperback, 420pp. 52 color 8 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 1932792015
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Pub. Date: October 2004

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Demonstrates how architecture conveys religious meaning in the ancient world

Archaeology has unearthed the glories of ancient Jewish buildings throughout the Mediterranean. But what has remained shrouded is what these buildings meant. Building Jewish first surveys the architecture of small rural villages in Galilee in the early Roman period before examining the development of synagogues as Jewish associations. Finally, Building Jewish explores Jerusalem's flurry of building activity under Herod the Great in the first century BCE. Richardson's careful work not only documents the culture that forms the background to any study of Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity, but also succeeds in demonstrating how architecture itself, like a text, conveys meaning-thus directly illuminating daily life and religious thought and practice in the ancient world.


"Building Jewish is clearly and authoritatively written and is richly illustrated, making it ideal for classroom use as well as a basic scholarly resource."
-Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"A must read for anyone interested in the matrix from which Christianity arose."
-Jonathan L. Reed, Professor of Religion, University of La Verne

"Richardson accomplishes a remarkable task by creating a synthesis of form and function in this study of religious architecture within the context of Second Temple Judaism and early Christian literature."
-Victor H. Mathews, Professor of Religious Studies, Southwest Missouri State University


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Peter Richardson (Ph.D. Cambridge University), Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, is the author or editor of eleven books on Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity, including City and Sanctuary: Religion and Architecture in the Roman Near East (2002) and Herod the Great: King of Jews and Friend of Romans (1999). An experienced archeologist, Richardson is also Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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