Monday, December 24, 2012

The Muslim View of the Nativity

Christmas in the Qur’�n: the Qur’�nic account of Jesus’s nativity and Palestinian local tradition:
 In winter of 1997, an archaeological discovery occurred on the outskirts of Jerusalem, holding great significance for our understanding of the earliest devel- opment of the Qur ̄anic traditions. Approximately halfway between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, just to the east of the main highway, a group of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority engaged in a salvage operation unearthed a large octagonal church, which our late ancient sources identify as the church of the “Kathisma of the Theotokos,” or the “Seat of the God-Bearer.” As the present article will demonstrate, this church was originally associated with the Nativity of Christ,

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