|Sacred Realm: The Emergence of the Synagogue in the Ancient World, 1996, Entire manuscript!
by Steven Fine | Bookmarked by Albert Baumgarten
The rich tradition and profound spirituality of Judaism has touched people the world over for thousands of years. With the arrival in the Near East of Alexander the Great and the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the synagogue came to represent a new era of this powerful religion, one which witnessed a greater emphasis on shared religious experience and prayer. In turn, the synagogue, derived from the Greek, meaning an “assembly,” has come to mean the Jewish house of worship, evolving into a “sacred realm,” in which the Torah came to play a central role linking the biblical past with the…