Israel Part 3 [of 4]: Early and Medieval Church

This is the 3rd in a 4 post series of a few pictures I took in Israel while traveling with Fuller Seminary’s ANE department.

Part 1: Sites from the Old testament
Part 2: “Intertestamental” and New Testament
Part 3: (this one) Early/Medieval Church
Part 4: Contemporary Israel

It is probably best to take a second and mention Helena, mother of Constantine.  Constantine was the first Christian emperor of Rome and tradition says that his mother took a tour through the Holy Land in the 4th century CE to discover holy sites and build both churches and shrines upon them.

While it is nearly impossible to verify if any of these locations legitimately mark what they claim to mark, they hold much significance as sites of Christian worship for nearly 1,700 years.

Under each of the pictures are short descriptions of these awesome places.  Click the first image to start.

So that’s a small glimpse of a few important sites venerated by believers for the past millennium and a half.  Pictures of present-day Israel (among them images of minefields) will be uploaded tomorrow.  Cheers.

Part 2 [New Testament] <– | –> Part 4 [Contemporary Israel]

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Israel Part 1 [of 4]: Some Old Testament Sites

I traveled to Israel with Fuller Theological Seminary’s ANE department last quarter.  We visited sites of biblical and archaeological significance, discussing their remains and proposed interpretations.

I never understood the Old and New Testaments quite like I do now.  So I decided to share some pictures with you all.

I’ll post them in 4 parts; this one will be a few OT sites we visited, the 2nd will be some NT sites, the 3rd will be early/medieval church, and the 4th contemporary Israel.

Under each picture will be a quick description.


Ein Gedi

“Ein Gedi”- an oasis just West of the Dead Sea where David hid and spared Saul’s life (1Sam 24)

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Our Beliefs About The End Times Might Be Poisoning Us

Popular Christian belief about the future might be preventing us from obeying Jesus.  Even if you haven’t heard of premillennialism, chances are your church subscribes to some form of it (for Evangelicals, anyway). This particular brand of end times theology teaches of a tribulation to come, a veritable hell on earth, ushered in by discernible clues.

And many believe it starts with peace in the Middle East. Read more “Our Beliefs About The End Times Might Be Poisoning Us”

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