Edessa: The Blessed City
"Edessa (the modern Urfa in south-east Turkey) was celebrated throughout Christendom for the legend of the exchange of letters between its pagan king and Jesus at Jerusalem. It was venerated as the first kingdom to accept Christianity; it was the center of the Syrian Church, the goal of innumerable pilgrim from East and West, and the birthplace of classical Syriac literature. The story of its Christian community, administered in turn by Rome, Byzantium, Arabs, and Turks, reflects the vicissitudes of Mesopotamian history and culminates in the occupation of the city by Crusader counts and its devastation in 1146. This study describes events at Edessa largely through contemporary accounts, and incorporates much new material, notably six mosaics found by the writer between 1952 and 1959."--BOOK JACKET.
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