Narrow Gate Churches: The Christian Presence in the Holy Land Under Muslim and Jewish Rule (Google eBook)

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Hope Publishing House, 2004 - Christians - 327 pages
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To protect their ancient churches from desecrating marauders on horseback, worshipers in the Holy Land centuries ago sealed off most of their doors to keep the invaders outside their sacred halls, thus the term “narrow gate churches” began to be used to describe the Christian worship centers in the Holy Land. This history of how Christians have kept the faith for two millennia under stressful conditions is a tribute to the courage and steadfastness of a remnant community which has miraculously survived under hostile regimes and straightened conditions
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Native Christians
23
Crusaders
53
Dark Ages
61
Early Renaissance
77
The Lost St Augustine Church
93
Muslim and Copts
101
Modern Egypt and Ancient Problems
117
The Lords Compatriots Today
177
New and Old Churches
197
Israel and the Native Christians
215
Profile of a Community
249
NazarethA Case Study
261
Where to now?
289
Bibliography
311
Index
321

Lebanon and Syria
129
IraqLost Paradise
159

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Page 15 - Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
Page 14 - But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Page 26 - When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Page 1 - May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 'that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Page 22 - Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you into Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.
Page 25 - God, and turn their faces upward: and they shall look unto the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and into thick darkness they shall be driven away. But there shall be no gloom to her that was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time hath he made it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
Page 26 - They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Page 26 - Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power.

About the author (2004)

Well-known author Atallah Mansour is the only Arab-Christian to become a member of the editorial board of a major Israeli newspaper and the first to write in Hebrew for Israels elite paper, Ha Aretz. For over four decades, this Oxford-educated Galilean native has written extensively−two novels, dozens of short stories and many political essays in Arabic, Hebrew and English for various Middle Eastern and international journals. His aim is to further understanding and reconciliation between the disparate communities now living in his homeland.

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