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So – where was Jesus really crucified? An Easter mystery!

So – where was Jesus really crucified? An Easter mystery!

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Good Friday – explained in a procession in Portugal

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Bethlehem – my visit and my photos!

We all know Bethlehem, birth place of Jesus. Clearly to the Templars and crusaders, capturing Bethlehem in 1099 had huge spiritual significance. Like the rest of the Levant, it had been taken by Muslim armies from the control of the…

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Caperneum – the town where Jesus grew up – my visit

It’s spelt Capharnaum by the authorities in Israel but I always grew up knowing it as Caperneum – choose which you prefer!  But the ruins of the town where Jesus grew up is now preserved behind a wall and includes…

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The birthplace of John the Baptist

Today I visited the birthplace of John the Baptist as part of my journey to Israel. The Franciscan monastery at Ein Karem – a village now swallowed up by Jerusalem – is a nineteenth century construction sitting on top of…

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Dealing with the violent bits in the Bible

I was at a christening two years ago when a priest in an Anglican church read a passage from the Old Testament.  It was the story of how God’s annointed people, the Israelites, totally destroyed a rival tribe taking no…

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Gothic letters as painted by monks in to medieval bibles

These are some royalty free images of Gothic letters that I thought were very attractive and have decided to share with you for no particular reason, other than a shared interest in this period.

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The Lost Gospels – Apocrypha – and the mysteries they reveal

There are a whole load of other gospels apart from the four we know and they give a very different account of Jesus

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Monsters in churches – a medieval protest

Bernard of Clairvaux did not approve of ornamentation in churches or gaudy painting but defended simplicity

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How will Anti-Christ react to Christ’s arrival?

How Anti-Christ will react to the arrival of the real Jesus Christ according to medieval chroniclers

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