“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
King James Version (KJV)
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This morning I was stunned to read an article posted in Notes below regarding the Biblical ancient city of Antioch, modern day Antakya Turkey, the epicenter of the recent devastating earthquake that has now claimed the lives of more than 43,000 souls and counting. This powerful 7.8 earthquake is listed as the deadliest disaster in Turkey’s modern history.
First is the significance of Antioch which is the cradle of Christianity. I recommend you read the history of Ancient Antioch from the Bible and the history of earthquakes. Most is summarized in notes below.
SIGNS? Yes. Significance on the location? Yes.
By Christine Shepardson, Professor and Head, Department of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee, 1 day agoTurkey’s historic city of Antakya, known in Roman and medieval times as Antioch, has been flattened by powerful earthquakes in the past – and rebuilt itself
Tens of thousands have died and millions have become homeless in southern Turkey and northern Syria after the massive 7.8 earthquake that struck on Feb. 6, 2023. But the ancient Turkish city of Antakya, known in Roman and medieval times as Antioch, has been here before.
The city has known numerous rulers in its long history, and notable religious diversity. Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities have called Antioch home since late antiquity to today.
In the New Testament, Antioch is where Jesus’s followers were first called “Christians ,” and the apostles Peter and Paul met in the city . Roman emperors often spent the winters in the temperate metropolis. The fourth-century Greek teacher Libanius declared in his oration “ On Antioch ” that this city on the Orontes River was so beautiful that even the gods preferred to dwell there.
The ancient Greek and Roman city came under Muslim control in 637, returned to Greek Christian control in the 10th century, Muslim control briefly in the 11th century, and then western Christian control in 1098 during the First Crusade.
The Crusaders established the Principality of Antioch, which lasted until the 13th-century arrival of the Mongols, when after some struggles the city ultimately found itself ruled by the Muslim Mamluks based in Egypt. It became part of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, and after World War I, France oversaw the region as part of Syria until it was annexed by Turkey in 1939 . It has received countless refugees since Syria’s civil war started in 2011.
Today as well, countless buildings have been flattened, like the historic Habibi Neccar mosque, which had already been rebuilt after another earthquake destroyed it in 1853. The medieval Crusaders built a towering stone entrance to the mountain cave church associated with the apostle Peter. “