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3.2 Cities of God: Jerusalem, the City of Origin

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | May 10, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Jerusalem, the holy city—a city built with compact unity and beloved by the Apostles—was the first home of the Christian Church. Sacred to the Jews, it was for the early Christians a pilgrim destination. Melito and Egeria and Gregory of Nyssa visited there. Cyril reigned there as bishop. John of Damascus moved there. In any consideration of Christian communities, it must come first, because it was the origin and the model for all that came afterward.


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Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, The Early Church in Jerusalem

History of the Church in Jerusalem

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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