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Synagogues, their history and decoration, represent an illuminating record of the cultural and artistic history of the Jewish people.
As a focal point for community life as well as a spiritual centre, the synagogue has both a practical and a symbolic significance. From its origins in the Tabernacle, through the exuberant Venetian synagogues of the Renaissance, to the often stark simplicity of modern buildings, Harold A Meek examines the fascinating story of the building that remains central to every Jewish community.
Meek's spirited narrative shows the diverse ways in which a vast array of cultural influences have merged to produce a rich and coherent heritage in the fields of architecture and decoration. A meticulously researched and magnificently illustrated tome, The Synagogue combines spiritual and aesthetic sensitivity with a passion for human creativity, presenting an erudite and accessible introduction not just for the scholar, but for anyone at all.Specifications:
- Format: Paperback
- Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
- Pages: 240 pp
- Illustrations: 180 illustrations
- ISBN: 9780714843292
"A delicious book. Meek has an ear for the engaging anecdote and an eye for the glorious edifice or architectural detail."—Newsday
"This well-designed work will serve as a splendid gift book, suitable for the bar or bat mitzvah. The colour photography is indeed beautiful. Its superb design and visual appeal should render The Synagogue a great success."—Jewish Book World