Scholars agree that the chance discovery of a ﬁ fth- century synagogue in Sepphoris during the prepa- ration of that ancient site as a national park was one of the most signi ﬁ cant and controversial ﬁ nds in Jewish archaeology since the discovery of the Dura Europos synagogue in the 1930s. This recent volume, written primarily by Hebrew University’s Zeev Weiss, the current Director of the excava- tions at Sepphoris (or Zippori) with contributions by Ehud Netzer (one of the early excavators and directors) along with those of other specialists makes this publication a long-awaited and comprehen- sive summary of the site. The volume is lavishly illustrated, ﬁ lled with details and data, abounding in detailed descriptions of the iconography, and replete with carefully argued analyses of that iconog- raphy. Although much of the material is more than most lay readers will want or need, the work is an important reference, and the concluding chap- ter on the signi ﬁ cance of the imagery makes a critical contribution to a wider discussion about the function, purpose, and meaning of Jewish art in Late Antiquity. Sepphoris was an extremely important city in ﬁ rst centuries of the common
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Published: Jan 1, 2007
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