The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia
Title occurring frequently in the inscriptions of the Jewish catacombs at Rome. According to Berliner ("Gesch. der Juden in Rom," 1:69), it is the equivalent of PARNAS, while Schürer ("Gesch." 3d ed., 3:50), whom most authors follow on this point, considers it merely a title of honor bestowed on congregational workers and corresponding to the title "mater synagogæ," which is given to women.
- Vogelstein and Rieger, Gesch. der Juden in 1:43.
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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Mater Synagogue'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/m/mater-synagogue.html. 1901.