Mosaics of Faith: Floors of Pagans, Jews, Samaritans, Christians, and Muslims in the Holy Land

Hardcover | July 29, 2014

byRina Talgam

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This monumental work provides a comprehensive analytical history of the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, and Early Abbasid mosaics in the Holy Land, spanning the second century b.c.e. to the eighth century c.e. Previous general studies of the Holy Land mosaics have focused on specific collections; in Mosaics of Faith, Rina Talgam sets out to demonstrate how mosaic art constructed cultural, religious, and ethnic identities in eras that shaped the visual expressions of three monotheistic religions. Her examination of the mosaics in a pivotal area of the eastern Mediterranean sharpens and refines our understanding of the region’s societies and their ideologies, institutions, and liturgies. Covering almost one thousand years of mosaic production, Mosaics of Faith offers an unprecedented view of the evolution of floor decorations from the Hellenistic to the Roman periods, in the transition from Roman to Early Byzantine art, and in the persistence of Byzantine traditions under Umayyad rule. More than other corpora of ancient mosaics, those from the Holy Land have generated greater awareness of the intricate visual exchanges between paganism, Judaism, Samaritanism, Christianity, and Islam. Talgam examines the mosaics’ formal qualities in conjunction with the religious and cultural contexts within which they were produced and with which they had a profound, multidimensional dialogue.

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This monumental work provides a comprehensive analytical history of the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, and Early Abbasid mosaics in the Holy Land, spanning the second century b.c.e. to the eighth century c.e. Previous general studies of the Holy Land mosaics have focused on specific collections; in Mosaics of Faith, Rina Talga...

Rina Talgam is Associate Professor of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:600 pages, 11 × 9 × 0.98 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271060840

ISBN - 13:9780271060842

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: The Mosaics of the Holy Land in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Mosaics in the Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods

Chapter 2: The Mosaics of the Late Roman Period

Part II: The Mosaics of the Holy Land in the Byzantine Period

Introduction

Chapter 3: The Compositional Trends in Floor Mosaics of the Byzantine Period

Chapter 4: The Stylistic Developments of Byzantine Mosaics

Chapter 5: The Church as the Heir of the Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple

Chapter 6: The Synagogue as a “Lesser Temple”

Chapter 7: Samaritan Self-Determination

Chapter 8: The Mosaics in Secular Buildings

Part III: Mosaics of the Holy Land from the Muslim Conquest to the End of the Eighth Century

Introduction

Chapter 9: Church Mosaics

Chapter 10: Synagogue Mosaics

Chapter 11: Mosaics Under Muslim Patronage

Chapter 12: The Defacement of Images

Summary

List of Abbreviations

Bibliography

Index