Title

Ancient Synagogues and the Second Temple: Uncovering the Common Jew

Authors

Charlie Kramer

Department

Religious Studies

Publication Year

2015

Abstract

In an effort to better illuminate the centrality of Jewish practice and life during the first century CD, this thesis will work to uncover the lives of common Jews, those who lived beneath the elite leaders and comprised the masses of the Jewish people. In order to properly reveal the centrality of Jewish life during this period, this research will investigate the ways in which commoners interacted with and utilized the two major institutions involved in Jewish daily life during the Second Temple Period: ancient synagogues and the Temple in Jerusalem. Specifically, sections of this thesis will examine the roles of women, the ways common Jews engaged in family life and education, and will detail the holy act of pilgrimage in direct relationship to, and interaction with, the synagogue and the Temple in Jerusalem.

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