Wednesday, 14 May 2014

How Old Is The Christian Faith And When Did It Begin To Spread?

The biggest question asked through out history is exactly how long does Christianity stretch back to? When did it segregate its self from the Jewish faith and become its own faith? At the end of 2011, the Biblical Archaeology Review, drafted a paper known as Crossing The Holy Land, where it stated that new archaeological discoveries of churches are vital with answering those questions. However, the burning question is when did Christianity first begin to build these ancient churches? Early Christian gathering places where not done in churches as first suspected, but were actually performed in peoples houses, which is what is making it so difficult to answer this question. Even as the Christian faith gathered more followers, distrust and persecution by their bloodthirsty Romans counterparts forced this fledgling faith deep underground.

However, this situation was soon to change, when in 313 A.D. the emperor Constantine ruled that Christianity was to be made a recognised religion of the Roman Empire. With this came the building of large public structures, or churches, to serve the needs of Christians. Relics of these forgotten churches are now showing up in Biblical archaeology digs across the globe, aiding scholars to answer the eternal question of how old is Christianity in such places as Turkey and Egypt? And when did this faith start to spread beyond the Israeli an borders throughout Rome?

In 2011 the Israel Antiquities Authority announced some archaeology findings of biblical nature, such as a Byzantine Church at Horvat Midras Jerusalem. The building, that was used as a church, was among several new discoveries at the dig, and was found inside an earlier Jewish area. The highlight is the mosaic carpeting. The geometric designs and depictions of such things as fishes, peacocks, lions and foxes are sublime in the level of craftsmanship and preservation.

So there you have it readers, a quick run through of a faith that has lasted hundreds of years, and no doubt many more to come. 

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