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Connotations and interpretation

As the theologians of the School of Antioch were especially preoccupied with the Old Testament, we may fittingly start our excursus on exegesis by considering three texts from the Old Testament, namely Genesis 19:8, Jonah 3:3, and Isaiah 7:14. In … Continue reading

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Antioch and interpretation

      I have for some time been writing on two blogs, or rather, some of my articles on Antioch – The Queen of the East in BlogspotI have re-published on Antiochene in WordPress. However, my long stay in Antakya, … Continue reading

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Habib al- Najjar and St. George

   In Antakya Mount Silpius is called the Mountain of Habib al-Najjar (Turkish: Habib-i Neccar). According to a local legend a disciple of Jesus called Habib al-Najjar was martyred in Antioch in the first century. This assumption is usually based on Sura XXXVI in … Continue reading

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The Quartodecimans and the Easter Controversy

Speaking about Easter or Passover, we have to mention the controversy about the timing. This strife was finally settled at the Council at Nicaea in AD 325, where it was agreed to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on a Sunday … Continue reading

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Easter

  The Orthodox church in Antakya   By now Christendom is well over its Easter celebration. Easter is regarded as the main church festival. However, in many aspects it looks more like a pagan festival. The name itself seems to … Continue reading

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The state of old Antakya

In 1822 Antakya (Antioch) was hit by an earthquake that destroyed many buildings in the city. The English gentleman Neale, who visited the city 25 years later, has the following description from an English family of three who were living … Continue reading

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An Old Antakya House

  After more than four years in a modern house of concrete, we managed to move into one of the old houses in the central quarter of Antakya. The house is located between what used to be the Colonnaded Street … Continue reading

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The Cherubim Gate and the carob trees

  In second century Antioch there was a gate at the southwest extreme of the Colonnaded Street called the Cherubim Gate.[1] Outside this gate was the settlement of Kerateion and after this the settlement of Rhodion on the eastern side … Continue reading

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The Church of St. Peter – Documentation

                        A shown in an earlier post (http://antioch-on-the-orontes.blogspot.com/2012/04/grotto-of-st-peter.html) a cave in modern Antakya is by some regarded as the first church in history. Interestingly, this grotto is not mentioned … Continue reading

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The Grotto of St. Peter

In Mount Staurin across from the torrent of Parmenius you find the Grotto of St Peter facing the west.                           The grotto is located on the slopes of … Continue reading

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