Another Annunciation

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A third Christian structure (see previous POTDs) found on the hillside of Beit Jala, Palestine, is the Church of the Annunciation (Al-Bishara Church). It is part of a center that serves the local Roman Catholic community. Besides the sanctuary, the complex hosts a secondary school for children and a seminary for training young men from Israel, Palestine, and Jordan for the priesthood.

The Church of the Annunciation was built in the decade of the 1850s. It operates under the auspices of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

It should not be confused with the Basilica of the Annunciation located in Nazareth of Galilee. 


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Dr. Mark Ziese, Dean of the School of Bible and Theology at Johnson University, manages the website Bible Land Explorer and teaches regularly in the Biblical heartland. You are invited to join Mark and Vicki for a Mediterranean Cruise in October, 2018. Onboard lectures will focus on Paul's fourth missionary journey. See the link here for details.