Bible Archaeology

Crusader Period Hospital Uncovered in Jerusalem

Discovery News:

A huge building which during the Crusader period was the largest hospital in the Middle East has been discovered in the heart of Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Monday.

Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the 1,000-year-old hospital was identified following a decade-long reconstruction operation.

“Until a decade or so ago the building served as a bustling and crowded fruit and vegetable market. Since then it stood there desolate,” the IAA said in a statement.

According to Renee Forestany and Amit Re’em, the IAA excavation directors, the structure, only a small part of which was unearthed in the excavation, spread out over more than 150,000 square feet.

It featured massive pillars, ribbed vaults, rooms, smaller halls and ceilings as high as 20 feet.

The hospital was established between 1099 and 1291, with permission from the Muslim authorities, by a Christian military order called the Kinghts Hospitaller. Its members vowed to care for pilgrims who came to Jerusalem to die.

“We’ve learned about the hospital from contemporary historical documents, most of which are written in Latin,” Re’em and Forestany said.

The accounts mentioned a sophisticated structure that was “as large and as organized as a modern hospital,” the archaeologists said…

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The IAA report with more photos is here.

The Jerusalem Post also covers the news.



Stanely Hauerwas: Does Anglicanism Have a Future?

Anglicans have been committed to the local expression of the faith. Its challenge as an international fellowship is not how to enforce uniformity, but how to be known through our love of one another.

The priority of the local and the inevitability of conflict. It’s worth a read, if only for listening to the powerful intellect and theology of Stanely Hauerwas at work.

Many of those concerned about our increasing global interconnectedness think it important that our religious and moral convictions not depend on the particularities of place and/or history. A universal ethic, they say, is required if we are to negotiate a mode of survival for the future. Philosophers are working overtime to develop the conceptual tools necessary to sustain an account of rationality that is free of contingency.

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Bishop Glenn Davies Elected as Anglican Archbishop of Sydney

Anglican Ink is reporting news on one of the most important episcopal appointments in the Anglican Communion.

The Diocese of Sydney Synod has elected the Rt. Rev. Glenn Davies as its 12th archbishop in succession to the Most Rev Peter Jensen.

On 6 Aug 2013 the 800 members of synod chose Dr. Davies, the Bishop of North Sydney, to be the archbishop of Australia’s largest diocese, besting Canon Rick Smith, (49) rector of Naremburn-Cammeray Anglican Church.

Dr. Davies’ election as successor to Dr. Jensen thrusts the 62-year old archbishop-elect into the international Anglican spotlight, making him one of the de facto leaders of the conservative renewal movement of the Anglican Communion – and arguably the most influential “white” archbishop in the Communion after the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Details of the election have not yet been released, and a “social media” ban from the conference hall is in force, forbidding delegates from tweeting their news and views.

Biographical details of the new archbishop can be found at this website: (

The new archbishop will be installed on 23 August 2013.