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Throughout the long and often tortuous history of the Jews, the synagogue has been a constant presence and a source of spiritual strength. Playing a symbolic as well as a practical role, it has acted as a focus for the faith of countless Jewish communities all over the world. The significance placed on the synagogue, with its rituals and traditions, emphasizes the fact that Judaism is not simply a religion but a way of life. In a lively narrative, Harold .A. Meek gradually unfolds the story of the synagogue from its origins in Solomon's Temple to its exuberant Baroque phase in Venice and thence to the classic simplicity of the modern building. Over the course of several millennia, the style of the synagogues has grown and developed, drawing in a vast array of cultural and artistic influences to produce a rich and coherent heritage. A heritage that is always aware of its biblical antecedents and still strongly based on God's commandment to Moses to construct a tabernacle in the desert. Illustrated with specially commissioned photography from around the world, this book provides a detailed and comprehensive picture of the synagogue and its decoration. Numerous metropolitan and provincial synagogues, from the flamboyantly Moorish to the sparsely contemporary, are represented as a celebration of the art and architecture of Judaism. A book to be savoured and treasured, "The Synagogue" should inspire and fascinate both Jews and Gentiles alike.
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|Dimensions||10" x 11.6|
|Publisher||ingram book company|