The Quest For The True Cross by Carsten Peter ThiedeThe Cross is arguably the most recognizable symbol of Western civilization. But what are its historical origins and what happened to it after Christs crucifixion? In a church outside Rome, a fragment of wood may hold the answer to these questions and could be fundamental to our understanding of Christianity.Focusing on a long-ignored fragment of the Titulus Crucis -- the inscribed headboard from Christs cross -- the authors provide evidence that it may date from the time of Christ and was brought to Rome by Queen Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, in AD 328. Their claim is a radical challenge to the modern view that all supposedly holy relics are fakes. Following in Helenas footsteps and drawing together the threads of history, archaeology, myth, religion, and science, this journey through the ancient world may transform readers beliefs about early Christian faith.
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Archaeologists working at the site of an ancient church in Turkey believe they may have found a relic of the cross of Jesus. The relic was discovered inside a stone chest, unearthed from the ruins of Balatlar Church, a seventh-century building in Sinop, Turkey, situated on the shores of the Black Sea. She displayed a piece of the stone chest with a small cross carved into it to reporters at the site.
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The True Cross is the name for physical remnants which, by the tradition of some Christian churches , are said to be from the cross upon which Jesus was crucified., The cross on which Jesus died is called the True Cross.
Helena is often depicted holding a cross because tradition maintains she found the true cross in Jerusalem. Before delving into this matter further, some background information is necessary. While Jerusalem remained mostly in ruins because of the revolt in A. While regarding Judaism as insurrectionary, Hadrian regarded Christianity the same way. To eradicate the influence of Christianity, Hadrian leveled the top of Mount Calvary and erected a temple to the pagan goddess Venus. He also cut away and leveled the hillside where Jesus tomb stood and built a temple to the pagan god Jupiter Capitolinus.
After the death of Jesus, the Jews, who were afraid that his disciples would want to retrieve the relics, hastened to make any of the objects involved in the crucifixion disappear. At Golgotha, the cross was thrown into a hole in the ground, along with those the two thieves were crucified on. Arriving at the Holy Land years later, the Empress ended up finding the three crosses, but which one belonged to the Lord? To find out, the bishop of Jerusalem had an idea: he made a sick woman, previously incurable, touch the wood, and upon touching one of the three she was healed straight away. According to Christian tradition, the relic was well preserved until and visited by a multitude of Christians. Later the cross disappeared into the hands of the Persians.