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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54915
Doc. No:TL24869
Call number:‭MR12769‬
Main Entry:Eva Steinlauf
Title & Author:The frescoes of the Dura-Europos Synagogue: Multicultural traits and Jewish identityEva Steinlauf
College:McGill University (Canada)
Date:2005
Degree:M.A.
student score:2005
Page No:136
Abstract:This study concerns the multicultural influences which shaped the architectural form and artistic decoration of the Synagogue at Dura-Europos, an ancient city located on the west bank of the upper Euphrates in Syria (244/5 C. E.) Preserving the Jewish tradition after the destruction of the Second Temple, in a location remote from Palestine, was essential in order to maintain a strong identity in the small Jewish community of Dura, engulfed by pagan and multitheistic societies. Biblical narratives were used by the Jewish community to assert their history. In chapter 1, there appears a discussion of what scholars have said about the cultural development of Dura, how the Synagogue paintings reflect it, and how these represent a Jewish identity. In chapter 2, two scenes from the frescoes will be discussed, highlighting the various cultural influences, both foreign and local. On the other hand Rabbinic literature, including the Midrash, the Mishnah and the Mekhilta de R. Ishmael, compiled by the third century C. E., gives a textual explanation for the scenes, emphasizing the strong association that the Jews of Dura had with their roots and heritage.
Subject:Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Syria; Ancient civilizations; Art history; 0579:Ancient civilizations; 0377:Art history
Added Entry:McGill University (Canada)