The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years, 2nd ed. by Professor Lee I. Levine

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16. E. Stern, NEAEHL. 17. Hüttenmeister and Reeg, Antiken Synagogen. 18. Bar-Ilan University Responsa Project; Davka CD-ROM Judaic Classics Library. 19. These collections of essays include: L. Levine, Ancient Synagogues Revealed; idem, Synagogue in Late Antiquity; Gutmann, Dura-Europos Synagogue; idem, Synagogue; idem, Ancient Synagogues; Z. , Synagogues in Antiquity; Overman and MacLennan, Diaspora Jews and Judaism; Hachlili, Ancient Synagogues in Israel; Klil-Hahoresh, Synagogues; S. , Synagogue of Ancient Ostia; Tabory, Kenishta.

21:19; 17:5; 22:24; see also Ps. 69:13); and the prophet Amos advised: ‘‘Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate’’ (5:15; see also Zech. 8:16). The importance of the city-gate as a place for settling personal affairs in the presence of the community is vividly reflected in Ruth 4:1–2: ‘‘Meanwhile, Boaz had gone to the gate and sat down there. And now the redeemer whom Boaz had mentioned passed by. ’ And he came over and sat down. 42 The gate as the ‘‘heart’’ of a city is also reflected in the fact that a conqueror might place his throne there as a sign of his rule.

Another important field is Jewish magic. Beginning with the publication of Sepher HaRazim in 1966 by Margalioth and continuing with the volumes by Naveh and Shaked (Amulets and Magical Bowls: Aramaic Incantations of Late Antiquity, 1985; Magic Spells and Formulae: Aramaic Incantations of Late Antiquity, 1993), the scholarly world has been presented with a convenient collection of Jewish magical material from Late Antiquity. To these must be added the texts on magic from the Genizah of Late Antiquity edited by Schiffman and Swartz (Hebrew and Aramaic Incantation Texts from the Cairo Genizah, 1992).

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