The Jerusalem Post have a very good article about the restoration of Christ's Tomb, from which he did his famous escape from Sheol;
Prof. Antonia Moropoulou of the National Technical University of Athens was tapped to the head the project. Given that Moropoulou has led
restorations at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, Egypt’s Temple of Luxor and dozens of Greek sites around the Mediterranean, has taught at Princeton, and
her home university is world-renowned for engineering (in her words, “a center of excellence for cultural heritage protection”), it seems that
Moropoulou’s appointment was a safe bet.
Wishing Prof. Antonia every success. Good to see a woman leading the team.
(photograph by Ben Fisher).
The pictures is of the new window that has been put in so pilgrims to the site can see the actual bedrock of the tomb. Interesting to note who the
donors have been for this badly needed restoration (the site had to be closed at one point because of structural dangers to visitors). They
Another factor that held up restoration in years past was a lack of funding. But eventually, money poured in for this project from disparate
places: Greece’s Aegean Airlines, the World Monuments Fund in New York, and King Abdullah II of Jordan, were among the biggest donors.
Respect to these donors for making this possible. I have visited the Church before and I prayed alongside the Greeks and the Coptics. It was a very
beautiful experience. If ever you get a chance to visit the Old City at Jerusalem you will not be disappointed. There is so much history in that small
area, even going back to the time of Abraham.
Just one point, yes this site is holy, but the Holy of Holies is for me Kotel; that is the foundation of the Temple and I am no different to the
Jewish people in that respect. I prayed with them at the Wall and revere the site just the same.
I am, like many Christians, seeking unification with Israel and Judaism. Judaism is the root of Christianity obviously and our Teacher was a
practicing Torah Jew who, as a Rabbi, initiated His own Christian Sect.
However we look at it, two thousand years ago something very powerful happened that inspired a few country bumpkin fishermen to end up dying for their
Teacher in places as far apart as England and India. I live with country fishermen and they are about the most hard to convince stubborn and hard ass
people you will ever meet (a compliment).
Sh‘lam! (Aramaic greeting version of Shalom)
As a "little" hint remember the Bible really does use hyperbole that is necessary and the only way of passing something along if it is to stand the
test of time, survive through so many differenet language interpretations; even those languages not standing still, constantly evolving and changing.
Two thousand years is a very long time in literature indeed).
Visualize Capernaum where Jesus stayed in Galilee at Simon Peter's home. It is blooming TINY, lol. The world was not cramped like today. These were
tiny communities. Capernaum and all the other *Woe to you..." villages were as big as a farm yard.
In King James version it uses such austere and heroic language, kind of - And Jesus and His Disciples took to ship and reached the nether coast of the
Sea - which means more like Jesus and His Mates got into their little rowing boat with its small sail and went to the other side of the lake. The King
James version is very heroic and grandiose (Homeric?) and their is obviously the Greek influence coming through very strongly.
Yes, they were just small communities where everyone knew everyone's business. Jesus was quite the walking man, too. I love walking myself and He went
everywhere on his legs and in that boat. He walked the local mountains and to Jerusalem which is over 120 miles away from Capernaum. I expect He
walked that journey many times and so did his Galilean people. The boat would have been very useful living around Galilee. Quite a few miles to the
other side walking, but just a small row or even sail away on a halcyon day (lol, had to use the "halcyon" word as don't get a chance to use a
grand word like that very often.
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