BAR 33:05, Sep/Oct 2007
Contextualizing Jewish Art
Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology
(New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005), xviii +267 pp.; 87 illustrations, $75.00 (hardcover)
Steven Fine’s previous work on the synagogue in the Greco-Roman period demonstrates that scholars must integrate textual, archaeological, art historical and liturgical evidence in their analyses of Jewish life in antiquity. His latest work is a detailed and learned exposition of his synthetic, interdisciplinary method and a rich resource of Jewish art in the Greco-Roman era.
Fine opens by addressing a vexing problem: the marginalization …