We're excited to announce the release of the second book edited by Andrew Krause, Academic Director at ACTS. The book, Synagogues in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods: Archaeological Finds, New Methods, New Theories, published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, provides resources for better understanding the role of synagogues in Jewish life. The description:
"The study of ancient Judaism has enjoyed a steep rise in interest and publications in recent decades, although the focus has often been on the ideas and beliefs represented in ancient Jewish texts rather than on the daily lives and the material culture of Jews/Judaeans and their communities. The nascent institution of the synagogue formed an increasingly important venue for communal gathering and daily or weekly practice. This collection of essays brings together a broad spectrum of new archaeological and textual data with various emergent theories and interpretative methods in order to address the need to understand the place of the synagogue in the daily and weekly procedures, community frameworks, and theological structures in which Judaeans, Galileans, and Jewish people in the Diaspora lived and gathered."