© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 EJJS 2.2 Also available online – brill.nl/ejjs DOI: 10.1163/187247109X454459 THE JEWS OF ANCIENT PHRYGIA Pieter W. van der Horst When one takes a look at map B VI 18 of the Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients (TAVO)—the map with the title “Die jüdische Diaspora bis zum 7. Jahrhundert n. Chr.” 1 —one sees a dense con- centration of Jewish communities in Asia Minor. As was to be expected, a high number of these communities are found in the Western part of Asia Minor (not in the East), especially in great coastal cities such as Ephesus, Miletus, Smyrna etc. But also in the interior parts of Anatolia one fi nds a relatively high number, espe- cially in the provinces of Lydia, Caria, and Phrygia. It is in precisely these three regions that the most spectacular discoveries concerning the Jewish diaspora in Asia Minor have been made in the last few decades. What I am referring to is the excavation of the monumen- tal synagogue in Lydian Sardis in the 1960s (with more than 80 inscriptions), 2 the discovery of the by now famous inscription with a list of Jewish and pagan donors in
European Journal of Jewish Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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