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Bibil Identifier bibil:218112
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Miqwaʾot in the Necropolis of Beth Sheʿarim
Author Amit, David
Author Adler, Yonatan
Journal Israel Exploration Journal (Volume: 60, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 72-88 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Three stepped water installations were discovered within the grounds of the Beth Sheʿarim necropolis during excavations in teh 1940s and 1950s, directed by Benjamin Mazar and Nahman Avigad. A reexamination of these installations has revealed that they served as ancient ritual baths (miqwaot), which functioned as an integral part of the thirs-fourth-century CE Jewish cemetery. This reevaluation was ided by an inspection of teh plans of the original excavations, published here for the first time. The practice of situating ritual baths adjacent to tombs, which prima facie would appear to run counter to standard halakhic norms, is, in fact, well grounded in the halakhic tradition reflected in the Talmudic literature.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Burial (Places and Customs)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (A ? B) : Beth Shearim / Besara
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