Between the fourth and seventh centuries, Christians transformed the Judean wilderness into a place of worship, prayer, and community.
Haytham Dieck is teaching a new course about monasticism with Bethlehem Bible College. He says, “When you go deeply into the history of monasticism, you get really surprised. People just left their materialistic lives to follow Jesus as He said. They went in the desert, to the Judean Desert, the same place where Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.”
The Judean Desert is a very harsh environment. But Christians turned it into a city with 70 monasteries. At different times of day, one could hear bells ringing from all directions.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Consider taking the online course.
- Pray the example of early Christians will inspire the Church today to follow Jesus with devotion.