From Temple to Synagogue and Church-The resilience of Judaism and Christianity after the Destruction of the Second Temple

Lyana Rotstein

The Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in the year 70CE by the Romans is a pivotal moment in history, with far-reaching effects on the evolution of both Judaism and Christianity.
In this course, we will focus on the emergence of religious structures such as the Synagogue and the Church, their role in communal life, their development, as well as the similarities and differences between them and the Jewish and Christian communities of the Roman and Byzantine Era.
We will use various sites in Israel as a virtual classroom to study the communities living there, and, through archeological remains and stories, try to understand the rituals, perspectives and attitudes of these communities towards changing trends and communal practices at that time.

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