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Excavations at the Ancient Synagogue of Gush Halav

Edited by Eric M. Meyers, Carol L. Meyers, and James F. Strange

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Meiron Excavation Project Reports

Excavations at the Ancient Synagogue of Gush Halav

Edited by Eric M. Meyers, Carol L. Meyers, and James F. Strange

During 1977 and 1978 the Meiron Excavation Project moved north from its excavations at Khirbet Shema and Meiron, excavating at the site of the synagogue at Gush Halav. With only very limited areas available for excavation, the team nevertheless was able to extract significant information for the history of Galilean synagogues. The synagogue here had a unique form, with spatial elements that have few if any parallels elsewhere. This publication will thus be of great importance for the history of Galilee in the first millennium C.E. and for the development of synagogue architecture and its relationship to the culture of the region in general.

 

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During 1977 and 1978 the Meiron Excavation Project moved north from its excavations at Khirbet Shema and Meiron, excavating at the site of the synagogue at Gush Halav. With only very limited areas available for excavation, the team nevertheless was able to extract significant information for the history of Galilean synagogues. The synagogue here had a unique form, with spatial elements that have few if any parallels elsewhere. This publication will thus be of great importance for the history of Galilee in the first millennium C.E. and for the development of synagogue architecture and its relationship to the culture of the region in general.

List of Illustrations (Figures, Plates, Tables, Charts, Photographs)

Sponsors and Staff

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Introduction

1. Key to the Excavations

2. Chronology

3. Previous Archaeological Investigation

4. Gush Halav in the Ancient Literary Sources, by Thomas R. W. Longstaff

5. Gush Halav in the Ancient Road System

Chapter 2. Stratigraphic History

1. Excavations of Sections and Associated Loci

2. Major Sections

3. Other Sections

4. Reconstructed Sections through Critical Loci

5. Stratigraphic Summary

Chapter 3. The Synagogue Building

1. Description of the Building

2. The Architectural Reconstruction of the Gush Halav Synagogue, by Lawrence Belkin

3. Summary

Chapter 4. Material Culture

1. Artifacts (Including Lamps)

2. Pottery

3. The Late Roman Fine Wares of the Gush Halav Synagogue, by Dennis E. Groh

Plates

Objects

Lamps

Pottery

Chapter 5. Numismatics, by Joyce Raynor

1. Catalogue of Coin Types Represented at Gush Halav

2. Coins Found in the Hoard

Chapter 6. Conclusion

Appendices

A. Complete Locus List

B. Critical Locus List

Bibliography

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