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The identification of the Medieval Church of St Sabas in Jerusalem in the light of new documentary evidence

Pringle, Reginald Denys 2019. The identification of the Medieval Church of St Sabas in Jerusalem in the light of new documentary evidence. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 150 (4) , pp. 309-319. 10.1080/00310328.2018.1537697

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Abstract

For over a century the church that the Greek monks of Dayr Mar Saba are known to have possessed inside the walls of Jerusalem in the twelfth century has usually been associated with a chapel surviving inside the Disy family house opposite the police barracks south of the Citadel, while the Zāwiyyat al-Shaykh Yaʿqūb (Yaʿqūbiyya), on the east side of Christ Church, has been identified as having originally been built in the twelfth century, possibly by Monophysites, as a church dedicated to St James the Persian, or the ‘Cut-up’ (Intercisus). New documentary research, however, now makes it appear more likely that Mujīr al-Dīn was correct in attributing the building of the Yaʿqūbiyya to the Greeks and that it was also the church referred to by pilgrims in the twelfth century as that of St Sabas. This means that the identity of the church in Dār Disy, if indeed it was a church, remains to be determined.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
ISSN: 0031-0328, 1743-1301
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 11:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/127283

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