Book Series Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, vol. 5

Christians and Christianity in the Holy Land

From the Origins to the Latin Kingdoms

Ora Limor, Guy G. Stroumsa (eds)

  • Pages: xii + 527 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:20 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2006

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-51808-4
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This volume is a major desideratum in historical scholarship on the religious history of the Holy Land.


"The collected works offer an ambitious and varied reassessment of the stury of the Church in the Holy Land, with the distinct advantage of being written from a non-theological standpoint and for an English speaking audience. (...) This volume certainly comes as a long awaited and welcome addition to our understanding of the histoyr of Christianity in the land of its origin. (...) Above all, Ora Limor and Guy G. Stroumsa have helped shed new light on the richness and diversity of the history of Christianity in the Holy Land, which in itself is a most praiseworthy accomplishment." (M. Carrier, in: The Medieval Review, 07.11.14)


This volume fills a major desideratum in historical scholarship on the religious history of the Holy Land. It presents a synthesis of our knowledge of the history of Christianity and the various churches that coexisted there from the beginnings of Christianity to the fall of the Crusader Kingdoms. It also offers analytical studies of major topics and problems. While the first part is organized chronologically, the second follows a thematic plan, dealing with the major themes pertaining to the topic, from various points of view and covering several disciplinary fields: History, Theology, Archaeology, and Art History. The volume represents the outcome of an international project initiated by Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi of Jerusalem, and the contributors are leading experts in their fields.



Beginnings of Christianity in the Holy Land - William Horbury

From Oblivion to Fame: The History of the Palestinian Church (135–303 CE) - Oded Irshai

‘Rejoice Sion, Mother of All Churches’: Christianity in the Holy Land during the Byzantine Era - Lorenzo Perrone

The Church of Jerusalem and the ‘Melkites’: The Making of an ‘Arab Orthodox’ Christian Identity in the World of Islam (750–1050 CE) - Sidney H. Griffith

Christian Communities in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (1099–1187 CE) - Johannes Pahlitzsch and Daniel Baraz

Intellectuals and Church Fathers in the Third and Fourth Centuries - Christoph Markschies

Monasticism in the Holy Land - Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Aryeh Kofsky

Christians and Jews in Byzantine Palestine - Günter Stemberger

‘Holy Journey’: Pilgrimage and Christian Sacred Landscape - Ora Limor

Early Christian Churches in the Holy Land - Joseph Patrich

The Monasteries of Palestine in the Byzantine Period - Yizhar Hirschfeld

The Liturgy of Jerusalem in the Byzantine Period - Stéphane Verhelst

The Holy Land as a Factor in Christian Art - Bianca Kühnel

Epilogue - Robert Louis Wilken