A man travels to Israel to uncover a diamond's remarkable past in this vivid historical saga from the New York Times best-selling author of The Physician. A diamond cutter and seller from a long, respected line of precious-gem dealers, New Yorker Harry Hopeman is intrigued by the story of the so-called "Jerusalem Diamond", a magnificent yellow jewel rumored to date back to the biblical time of King Solomon. So when he's asked to broker a deal that will return the legendary gemstone to Israel, he eagerly accepts. Arriving in the volatile Middle East, Hopeman soon discovers that his assignment will be anything but easy. Representatives of the Holy Land's three major religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - are all laying claim to the priceless jewel that once adorned the miter of Pope Gregory, and they will do anything to possess it. Partnering with Israeli government agent Tamar Strauss - a beautiful and courageous Yemenite war widow who inspires the visiting American's passion as well as his respect - Hopeman is soon entangled in a web of mystery and intrigue that crosses continents and stretches back thousands of years. As the duo follows the twisting travels of the gem and the bloody conflicts it has ignited throughout its extraordinary past - a history that intertwines with Hopeman's own family saga - the story of a breathtaking land and its people unfolds in all its drama and glory. International best-selling author Noah Gordon - whose acclaimed historical novel The Physician was the inspiration for the major motion picture of the same name starring Ben Kingsley - "has packed a suspense tale with religious, historical and archeological underpinnings, along with fascinating insights into an industry whose conduct is generally shrouded from outside scrutiny" (The Philadelphia Inquirer). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fleet Cooper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031086/bk_adbl_031086_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno was an Italian rabbi, Biblical commentator, philosopher and physician. He was born at Cesena about 1475 and died at Bologna in 1550. After acquiring in his native town a thorough knowledge of Hebrew, rabbinic literature, mathematics, and philosophy, he went to Rome to study medicine. There his learning won for him a prominent place among scholars, and when Reuchlin was at Rome (1498-1500) and desired to perfect his knowledge of Hebrew literature, Cardinal Domenico Grimani advised him to apply to Obadiah. Equally high was Obadiah's reputation as a casuist. Meïr Katzenellenbogen consulted him on legal questions (Responsa, p. 97, 48), and Joseph Colon invoked his authority (Responsa, p. 96, No. 192, Sudilkov, 1834). At the request of Israel ben Jehiel Ashkenazi, rabbi of Rome, Obadiah issued a decision in the case of Donina, daughter of Samuel darfati, the renowned physician of the pope. About 1525 Obadiah left Rome and led for some time a wandering life. From several letters of that epoch addressed to his brother Hananeel at Bologna it would appear that Obadiah was in poor circumstances.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Mount Zion (Hebrew: , Har Tsion) is an elevation west of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Jewish scriptures apply the term "Mount Zion" to the Temple Mount or the City of David, both located on this elevation. For Jews the term "Zion" became a synecdoche referring to the entire city of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.Later the name became associated with a hill just outside the walls of the Old City, at the southern end of that elevation. The identification dates from the Middle Ages.Between 1948 and 1967, when the Old City was under Jordanian rule, Jews were forbidden access to the Jewish holy places. Mount Zion was a designated no-man's land between Israel and Jordan. Mount Zion was the closest accessible site to the ancient Jewish Temple. Until the reunification of the city in the Six-Day War, Jews were forced to climb to the rooftop of David's Tomb to pray. The winding road leading up to Mount Zion is known as Pope's Way (Derekh Ha'apifyor). It was paved in honor of the historic visit to Jerusalem of Pope Paul VI in 1964.
The eremitic Rule of St. Albert is the shortest of the rules of consecrated life in existence in the Roman Catholic spiritual tradition. St. Albert Avogadro, a priest of the Canons Regular and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, wrote the Rule in the early 13th century. The Rule is directed to Brother B. (held by tradition to be either St. Bertold or St. Brocard, but historical evidence is lacking) and the hermits living in the spirit of Elijah, who dwelt near the spring on Mount Carmel in present-day Israel. Later in the century, in consultation with Dominican theologians Cardinal Hugh of Saint Cher, and William-Bishop of Tortose, Pope Innocent IV revised the Rule slightly to reflect the realities of mendicant and monastic life. Through events surrounding the Crusades the hermits, or Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as they came to be known, were forced from Mount Carmel to Europe. In Europe the Carmelites were recognised as a mendicant order and monasteries, or "Carmels" as they are referred to, were founded. One of the eldest such foundations is that of Aylesford, Kent, in the United Kingdom, the community of St. Simon Stock, O. Carm.
This book presents the backstory of how the Catholic Church came to clarify and embrace the role of Israel in salvation history, at the behest of an unlikely personality: Jules Isaac. This embrace put to an end the tradition, more than fifteen centuries old, of anti-Jewish rhetoric that had served as taproot to racial varieties of anti-Semitism. Prior to Isaac's thought and activism, this contemptuous tradition had never been denounced in so compelling a manner that the Church was forced to address it. It is a story of loss and triumph, and ultimately, unlikely partnership.Isaac devoted his years after World War II to a crusade for scriptural truth and rectification of Christian teaching regarding Jews and Judaism. Isaac's crusade culminated in an unpublicized audience with Pope John XXIII-a meeting that moved the pope to make a last-minute addition to the Second Vatican Council agenda and set in motion the events leading to a revolution in Catholic teaching about Jews.
Pope Benedict XVI&#8217;s iconic life of Jesus, a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of the central figure of the Christian faith. &#8220;This book is . . . my personal search &#8216;for the face of the Lord.&#8217;&#8221;&#8212;Benedict XVI In this bold, momentous work, the Pope seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from today&#8217;s &#8220;popular&#8221; depictions and to restore his true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the Pope incites us to encounter Jesus face to face. From Jesus of Nazareth: &#8220;. . . the great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: But what has Jesus really brought, then, if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God! He has brought the God who once gradually unveiled his countenance first to Abraham, then to Moses and the prophets, and then in the wisdom literature&#8211;the God who showed his face only in Israel, even though he was also honored among the pagans in various shadowy guises. It is this God, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the true God, whom he has brought to the peoples of the earth. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from: faith, hope, and love.&#8221;
The Masonic Order is one of the most powerful Fraternal Orders in the world. Have you ever wondered why? Why did this order restrict membership to men of European descent? In this book Zachary Gremillion, Founder of the Imperial Society answers the following questions: What do these fraternal orders of Masonry have to do with African people? How did this order originate in Europe, and why were Black men in early America not allowed into membership until the coming of Right Worshipful Master Prince Hall, a colonial Blackman? Who are the Knights Templar? What was their relationship to the African Arabs/Moors also called Saracens? What did the Knights Templar find in Israel? Why were they at Jerusalem Temple built by African Hebrews? In this book Zachary P. Gremillion, a Master Mason, Thirty-second degree Mason and Shriner deals with the true origin of Masonry in Africa. Through intense research he traced what he calls the Proto-Masonic order to ancient Africa. He also deals with the Knights Templar and the Afro-Asiatic knowledge they found at Jerusalem Temple then to be executed, persecuted, and destroyed by the King and Pope. Prince Hall, Marcus Garvey, Noble Drew Ali and Elijah Muhammad are also addressed.
Karol ('Lolek') Wojtyla and Jerzy ('Jurek') Kluger were schoolmates until the autumn of 1938. They played hockey and went to dances together, went skiing and swimming, and studied in one another's houses. They learned about life from their loving families and endured the agony of tests and entrance examinations as a team. High school graduation and creeping anti-Semitism led to their separation. In the years that followed, they endured the unendurable: the invasion of Poland, the destruction of the Wadowice community, the creation of the Jewish ghetto, the decimation of the synagogue; the army for Jurek, the catacombed seminary study for Lolek, the loss of beloved family members, and every day the fear for their very lives. It would be fifty years before their emotional reunion. The seed of hope that had been planted in their personal story would be magnified by world-changing events in politics and religion. So it was that when the rebuilt synagogue in Wadowice was about to be dedicated in 1989, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to his Jewish friend, Jerzy Kluger, reestablishing the ties of friendship. When diplomatic ties between the Vatican and the State of Israel were being established on December 30, 1993, and again on April 7, 1994, when the Holocaust was being remembered in The Papal Concert to Commemorate the Shoah, on April 7, 1994, Lolek and Jurek, together, remembered, and were healed.
Arius and Athanasius began the doctrine of Trinity in 300 AD, but the Pope, Bishops and Church dignitaries settled it in 451 AD and the Trinitarian Doctrine was etched in stones. The OT prophets, the scribes and teachers had the foundational truth of One God and all their messages were from Yahweh, the One God of Israel. Christ maintained that He was sent from the One God and did His will by His spirit upon Him. Apart from the spirit of God, Jesus did nothing. (Jn.5:30) The Apostles received of the same spirit of God that was on Christ and they too adhered to the One God. The Father sent His Son by His spirit and the Son, the Apostles and us by the same spirit of God. Trinity is a blasphemy of God. Right from the moment I could talk and reason, I knew that my life has a purpose. When I became a minister, I began an association with God and I came to realize that He is One and not three. There are few people who took a stand against the doctrine of Trinity and I have answered the call of their hearts by writing this book. The scripture stands alone and this book agrees with it. I have joined my voice in saying that the Lord our God is One God and in Him there is no splits or division. I say with Christ, the Prophets, the Apostles, the godly Church Fathers who were martyred on account of this and who loved the Lord: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is One Lord'. The Law and the Prophets spoke in one voice, the salutations of the Authors of the Epistles spoke in one voice and all the OT & NT saints agreed with them that the spirit of God is God Himself according to 1Cor.2:11.