The Jerusalem Gift Shop Newsletter: In the Footsteps of Jesus The Church of St. John the Baptist EIN KAREM - Augost 8, 2019

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The Church of St. John the Baptist EIN KAREM 

Each day, Ein Karem is filled with the chimes of church bells ringing out from every corner of this scenic village. One of its most impressive churches is the Church of St. John the Baptist, erected over the grotto where he is said to have been born.

Luke’s gospel tells how the angel Gabriel described John to his father, Zachariah, “thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shall call his name John. And thou shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost”.
Archaeological work nearby discovered a mosaic fragment dating back to the 5-6th century. Decorated with peacocks, partridges and flowers, it bears the Greek inscription “Hail Martyrs of God”.

The connection of the village with John the Baptist was so strong that while the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem flourished in the Holy Land, Ein Karem was known as St. John in the Mountains.
Set in pastoral surroundings, the Church of St. John the Baptist marks the traditional home of Elisabeth, where Mary stayed for three months.
Just an hour’s donkey ride from Ein Karem is the newly discovered Cave of John the Baptist. On its walls are some of the earliest Christian art depicting John the Baptist and his symbols. This rough drawing is believed to show the figure of John the Baptist himself.
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