Origin of the Synagogue

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

The history of the synagogue as an institution among the Jews is difficult to trace to its source. Its origins seem to lie outside Palestine and apart from that sector of Jewish life which governed the nation and shaped the Old Testament. By the time of the New Testament, the synagogue had become established as the central institution of local Jewish life.

Roots in the Exile

The word synagogue is derived from the term for any gathering of people for religious or secular purposes. It is...


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