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Monday, September 04, 2006

Synagogue at Ostia

During the 1961-1962 excavation seasons, a building containing a menorah, was identified as a fourth century synagogue with sections of the building dating to the first century. The entranceway to the synagogue included a "fishnet" pattern in the brickwork of the facing wall. This type of construction, known as opus reticulatum, was commonly used in Ostia during the reign of Claudius (41-54 CE). Based upon these findings, the earliest phase of the synagogue dates to this period to the reign of Claudius.

Paul traveled to Rome from the seaport of Puteoli along the Appian Way to The Three Taverns. Did his trip take him to or near the synagogue at Ostia? Did he meet members of this synagogue in Rome?

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