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Book Reviews 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Images Brill

Book Reviews

Images, Volume 1 (1): 111 – Jan 1, 2007

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1871-7993
eISSN
1871-8000
D.O.I.
10.1163/187180007782347629
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Abstract

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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