Order of First-Century Synagogue Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Our knowledge of worship of the synagogue in the first century of the Common Era (c. e. ) is limited by a lack of source material. It seems clear, however, that readings from the Law and the Prophets, the recitation of the Shma, and the prayers or benedictions formed the order of the service.

Apart from a few scattered references in the New Testament, Philo, and Josephus, most of our knowledge of early synagogue worship comes from the Mishnah, which does not date before 200 c. e. Although...


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