Christians and the Holy Places: The Myth of Jewish-Christian by Joan E. Taylor

By Joan E. Taylor

This booklet is a close exam of the literature and archaeology concerning particular websites (in Palestine, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Memre, Nazareth, Capernaum, and in other places) and the sector quite often. Taylor contends that the origins of those holy areas and the phenomenon of Christian pilgrimage will be traced to the emperor Constantine, who governed over the jap Empire from 324. He contends that few areas have been really real; crucial real website being the cave (not backyard) of Gethsemane, the place Christ was once most likely arrested. commonly illustrated, this energetic new examine an issue formerly shrouded in obscurity should still curiosity scholars in students in more than a few disciplines.

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Christ ianity can in no way be ide ntified as bei ng the sa me phenomenon as mi1lllf. : at differe nt times . '1 Sce Thec ( 191l4). )~ Sec M. Smith (1971l) . , Prit z ( 1988) . 96-7. Jhi Joshua; scc l3agatti ( 1961). 302-4: (19(,7); ( 197Ib). , The histo ricit y of the story is illlpussible 10 determine. but its gener;1 1sell ing is consistent with what we know . Scpphoris was a market cenlre for ['o llery IIHlI1l1factuTcd in Kefar Sikhnin an d therefore it meet ing between a vi llager and a rahhi in th e co mmercia l district of the city \Vii S nOl improbahle; scc Ad,ud:lllyewitz and Pe rlman (t99O).

It is th e usual prac ti ce a mo ngst tran sla to rs of Ew;chi us to leave th e term untra nsla ted ,·1l takin g the ir cue from Rufin'us' fifth -ce ntury translati on int o Lat in , whe re th e wo rd is, myste rio usly, le ft in G reek. Th e ge ne ral co nse nslls o f o pini on , however, is th at the word 8W1T(KnJvm mea ns 'be longi ng 10 th e Lord' ,43 'belonging 10 a lord/mas le r', H ' the Maste r's Peopl e',·15 or 'kinsmen of the Lord'. 4/ T he ma ster is unde rstood to be J es us, since he is twice ca ll ed 8fWrrli'fTj'i in th e New T estam e nt (J ude 4 a nd 2 Pet.

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