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THE FIRST-CENTURY SYNAGOGUE

Critical reassessments and assessments of the critical
ByLee I. Levine

Interest in the ancient synagogue has grown dramatically over the last several decades. Since the 1980s, more than ten monographs, over twenty volumes of studies, and hundreds of journal articles have been published on a wide range of synagogue-related topics, including synagogue art and architecture, epigraphy, liturgy, social and institutional dimensions, leadership positions, the role of women, and regional studies. The result is a rapidly growing corpus of material and scholarly reflections that has enriched our understanding of this central Jewish institution.