Thursday, April 27, 2023

Schiffman and The Collector on Dura-Europos

In a museum in Damascus, the remnants of a shul from the 3rd century CE linger, telling secrets of our history.
This blog post leads to a reprint of an Ami Magazine article by Prof. Schiffman on the ancient synagogue at Dura-Europos.

The Ami article focuses on Jewish remains at Dura-Europos. The Collector has a new article out by Robert C. L. Holmes which surveys the history and archaeology of the site more generally: Dura Europos: The Unknown Pompeii of the Desert. Located in the western desert of modern Syria, the ancient city of Dura Europos was a Hellenistic, Parthian, and Roman border city. Its well-preserved ruins made it an Archaeological treasure.

For many PaleoJudaica posts on Dura-Europos, start here and follow the links.

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