Christians and the Holy Places: The Myth of Jewish-Christian Origins

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Clarendon Press, 1993 - Social Science - 384 pages
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This book is a detailed examination of the literature and archaeology pertaining to specific sites (in Palestine, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Memre, Nazareth, Capernaum, and elsewhere) and the region in general. Taylor contends that the origins of these holy places and the phenomenon of Christian pilgrimage can be traced to the emperor Constantine, who ruled over the eastern Empire from 324. He contends that few places were actually genuine; the most important authentic site being the cave (not Garden) of Gethsemane, where Christ was probably arrested. Extensively illustrated, this lively new look at a topic previously shrouded in obscurity should interest students in scholars in a range of disciplines.
 

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Contents

The BagattiTesta Hypothesis I
1
JewishChristians in Palestine?
18
The Distribution of Religious Groups in Palestine
48
Mamre
86
Bethlehem
96
Golgotha
113
Eleona
143
Caves and Tombs
157
The Bethany Cave Gethsemane and the Tomb
180
Nazareth
221
Capernaum
268
The Evolution of Christian Holy Places
295
Conclusion
333
References
342
Index
373
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Joan E. Taylor is Fellow in Humanities (Religious Studies) at Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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