Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Late Antique Palestine: In the Shadow of the Church
Milson, David

Leiden: Brill, 2007 pp. xxviii + 579. $239.00

Series Information
Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, 65

Description: This study examines the material evidence for synagogues and churches in the Holy Land from the age of Constantine in the fourth century CE to the Arab conquest of the eastern provinces in the seventh century CE. Whereas scholars once viewed the growth of the Byzantine empire as time of persecution, a re-evaluation of the archaeological evidence indicates that Jews prospered along with their Christian neighbours. What influence did Christian art and architecture have on ancient synagogues? In the sixth century, one-third of all known synagogues in Palestine bear features similar to early Byzantine churches: basilical layouts, mosaic floors, apses, and chancel screens. Focusing on these features sheds light on how Jewish communities met the challenges posed by the Churchís development into a major religious and political power. This book provides a critical analysis of the archaeological evidence as a basis for our better understanding of Jewish identity and community in late Antique Palestine.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Archaeology

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBLís login procedure is now synched to SBLís. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBLís Terms of Use.

Email Address
SBL Password
 Forgot Your Password
 Join SBL or Renew Membership

Review by Jonathan L. Reed
Published 4/19/2008
Citation: Jonathan L. Reed, review of David Milson, Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Late Antique Palestine: In the Shadow of the Church, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.


Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us