Saturday, June 14, 2008

Amazing: oldest church ever... in Arab World

Missionaries in the Arab World have another tool to show that the Christian faith is not 'Western' but solidly Middle Eastern. "We have uncovered what we believe to be the first church in the world, dating from 33 AD to 70 AD," Abdul Qader al-Husan, head of Jordan's Rihab Centre for Archaeological Studies, says in The Jordan Times. This church was found beneath the ancient Saint Georgeous Church, which itself dates back to 230 AD, in Rihab, in northern Jordan near the Syrian border. If tests confirm that it dates back to between 33 AD to 70 AD, as archaeologists claim, it would make it the earliest known place of Christian worship by around two hundred years.

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