Readers will receive an overview of the Christian religion, which is often an underlying theme in the historical literature of Chaucer and Milton. The timeline provided covers the siege of Jerusalem by Titus, to the fourth rebuilding of Jesus' tomb, which is said to have been originally built for Joseph of Arimathea.
Explain why it's difficult for people to consider the Bible, and many other religious works as valid historical documents.
There have been many discrepancies about whether the location of present day religious sites are authentic. Because of the many holy wars and other disputes against nations, much of the evidence that would archaeologically prove that religious history actually took place have diminished. John Rousseau and Rami Arav support the hypothesis that the holy sites designated to represent the religious history of the Bible are a hoax and are only believed because of tradition. Archaeologists have proven that many of the narratives in the Bible have been exaggerated and don't line up with actual historical finds. Rousseau and Arav narrow down this topic to proving whether the Church of Holy Sepulchre actually marks the tomb of Jesus.
Rousseau and Arav first uses the source Eusebius who suggests that "the first Christians of Jerusalem, under the leadership of Shimeon ben Clopas, left for Pella in the Decapolis before the siege of Jerusalem by Titus." They further go on to explain that after the "first Christians" left for Pella, they never returned and the tradition of Golgotha ceased. After the flight from Jerusalem, Roman Emperor Hadrian rebuilt Jerusalem and later passed an ordinance prohibiting the Jews from entering the city with the exception of one day a year. Aelia Capitolina, the name given to the new Jerusalem, was designated by Hadrian to be a religious center. F. Diez proposes that Corbo Economopoulos wrote an account of the Byzantine and Crusaders periods, but very little is ...
When reading Chaucer, Milton and other historical authors, sometimes it's difficult to grasp why the characters in their stories feel the way that they do about life and religion in general. This excerpt explains the history of Christianity and what life was like during the time that these authors were living.