Religion

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

The Church of the Nativity was the venue of several denominational conflicts. These conflicts intensified in the year 1757, when, with the Turkish Sultan's approval, the Greeks occupied most of the Church which had been in the hands of the Latins. In the year 1810 the Armenians took hold of the northern transept of the Church which was then owned by the three denominations.

Due to the (...)

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Christian Denominations of Bethlehem and Its District

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

There are many Christian denominations in Bethlehem. The most famous are:

1- The Greek Orthodox Denomination which belongs to the Orthodox creed. The Head of this denomination is the Grand Patriarch whose official residence is in the city of Istanbul in Turkey. This denomination has a Patriarch in Jerusalem.

2- The Latin Denomination which belongs to the Catholic creed under th(...)

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Joseph’s Tomb

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

When he was old and near to death, Jacob recognized as his the two sons that Joseph had had in Egypt: 'Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine as Reuben and Simeon are' (Gen 48,5), and prophesied to Joseph: 'God will be with you, and will bring you again to the land of your fathers' (Gen 48,21). Jacob also made a special gift to the son who had been able to forgive the perfidy of his brothers, who(...)

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Jacob’s Well

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

In the village of Balata near what used to be Shechem, at the eastern mouth of the Nablus pass, stands Jacob's Well, Bir Yakub, also called the Well of the Samaritan Woman, Rir es-Samerieh.

The presence of this well in a region rich in springs has created a problem: why Jacob should have dug it. There could have been two reasons: a well in or near a camp would have made the nomads inde(...)

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Ebal

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 22.01.2007:

Joseph's altar was erected on Ebal, the mount of the curses. The terrible memory was stranger than the happy one, perpetuating a kind of horror towards the mountain, which, for the Samaritans, was and is an abominable place.

The seekers after memories found no Biblical remains until 1922, when Er. R. Tonneau thought he was able to identify some stones as the stele and the altar of Jose(...)

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EBAL AND GERIZIM

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 22.01.2007:

Moses exhorted his people to renew the covenant with God on two mountains of Samaria, saying: 'See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: a blessing, if you obey the commandments of Yahweh our God that 1 enjoin on you today; a curse, if you disobey the commandments of Yahweh your God and leave the way I have marked out for you today, by going after other gods you have not known. Afte(...)

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The Peace and Solidarity Pilgrimage in Bethlehem

Contributed by Miluse Tumova on 15.01.2007:

The Arab Education Institute represented by Mr. Fuad Giacaman, General Director of the AEI and a Czech volunteer Miss Miluse Tumova responded to the invitation of Mr. Goerge Ghattas from the HCEF for participating in the Peace and Solidarity March.

On 13.1.2007 a Peace and Solidarity Pilgrimage of a theme "Allow the little Children and do not forbid them to come to me" with 800 Ch(...)

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Vow-making in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.01.2007:

SACRIFICES AND BLESSINGS

By Toine van Teeffelen

Western visitors to Palestine are often struck by the fact that its two major religions, Islam and Christianity, are interwined in their histories and customs. This is part of a tradition of Moslem-Christian ‘living together’ that dates back to the beginnings of Islam and that has been nourished by day-to-day relations based on pea(...)

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Al- Khader (St. George)

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 06.12.2006:

A short distance out of Beit Jala is the village of al-Khader, a little town of 5,000 inhabitants. It is surrounded by vineyards, fig and olive trees. It can be reached via Beit Jala or the Bethlehem-Hebron Road. The entrance to the village is marked by a distinctive stone gate. Inside the village, there is the Greek Orthodox monastery of St. George, a popular site of pilgrimage where the sic(...)

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Christianity in Beit Sahour

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 06.12.2006:

Beit Sahour is the home of many fine churches. The Latin Patriarchate has a church with a very ornate alter, built in 1859. The church was erected by Father Jean Muretan. In 1951, it was completely transformed by Arch. A. Barluzzi and was consecrated and dedicated to our Lady of Fatima and St. Theresa of Lisieus. The fine portico of the church has three pointed arches; the upper part of the f(...)

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