Following the failure of the Bar-Kokhba revolt in the second century, the majority of the Jewish population of Palestine migrated northward away from Jerusalem to join the communities of Jews in Galilee and the Golan Heights. Although rabbinic sources indicate that from the second century onward the demographic center of Jewish Palestine was in Galilee, archaeological evidence of Jewish communities is found in the southern part of the country as well.
In The Ancient Synagogues of Southern Palestine, 300-800 C.E., Steve Werlin considers ten synagogues uncovered in southern Palestine. Through an in-depth analysis of the art, architecture, epigraphy, and stratigraphy, the author demonstrates how monumental, religious structures provide critical insight into the lives of those who were strangers among Christians and Muslims in their ancestral homeland.
Steven H. Werlin received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.
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NOTE ON SPELLINGS AND ITALICS
Chapter 1 THE LOWER JORDAN VALLEY: Na‘aran and Jericho
Chapter 2 THE DEAD SEA REGION: En-Gedi
Chapter 3 THE SOUTHERN HEBRON HILLS: Susiya, Eshtemoa, Ma‘on (in Judea), and Ḥ. ‘Anim
Chapter 4 THE JUDEAN SHEPHELAH: Rimmon
Chapter 5 THE SOUTHERN COASTAL PLAIN: Gaza Maiumas and Ma‘on-Nirim
Chapter 6 CONCLUSIONS
Advanced researchers of Ancient Judaism and the Archaeology of Late Antique Palestine.