Ancient History, History, Islam, Medieval History

The Church of the Resurrection – Links

We have filled the last three weeks looking at the Church of the Resurrection (also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher). Hopefully, the story of this revered but often neglected site gives us a little bit of perspective on the difficulties faced by the Church in all its various manifestations. Constantine and the… Continue reading The Church of the Resurrection – Links

Ancient History, Medieval History

The Church of the Resurrection, part 4

This is part 4 of a series of posts on the history of the Church of the Resurrection. In a previous part, we saw how the Church was badly damaged during the brief period when the Sassanids controlled the city (614-622 CE) and then the period of relative peace after the Muslims took the city… Continue reading The Church of the Resurrection, part 4

Ancient History, History, Medieval History

The Church of the Resurrection, part 3

The previous post made a passing reference to the building of the Dome of the Rock which still sits on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The construction of this shrine and the remaking of the Temple Mount as a Muslim holy site is significant enough that we should consider it before continuing the story of… Continue reading The Church of the Resurrection, part 3

Ancient History, Medieval History

The Church of the Resurrection, part 2

In my last post, I talked about the construction of the original basilica and rotunda built on the site of Jesus' burial and resurrection. Those buildings were built in 337 CE and stood unmolested until 614 CE. What happened next is probably one of the worst things you have never heard of. In 476 CE,… Continue reading The Church of the Resurrection, part 2

Ancient History, History

The Church of the Resurrection, part 1

Modern Jerusalem is quite a sight. It is a city of three-quarters of a million people, covering 48 square miles of Judaean hills. Every year, nearly 10 million tourists and pilgrims come to the city, so the city sprawls over a much greater area than would be required by the population. The air is full of… Continue reading The Church of the Resurrection, part 1

Ancient History, History

Nineveh, that Great City

Our family is reading the book of Jonah, and we are considering God's grace to the people of Nineveh, and today we read Jonah's words after the people of Nineveh repented. O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to… Continue reading Nineveh, that Great City

Ancient History, History, Reading, Theology

Reading the Exodus and Wanderings

While our congregation is reading through Exous, Leviticus and Numbers, I thought I would add some daily notes of things that caught my imagination. Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me,… Continue reading Reading the Exodus and Wanderings