Cyril Of Jerusalem: Bishop And City (Supplements to Vigiliae by Jan Willem Drijvers

By Jan Willem Drijvers

This quantity bargains with the episcopate of Cyril of Jerusalem (350 to 387). Its total subject is the connection among town and its bishop and, specifically, Cyril's efforts to advertise Jerusalem because the Christian urban par excellence, through utilizing Jerusalem's non secular symbols - the holy websites and the move. except chapters on Jerusalem within the fourth century C.E. and at the existence and works of Cyril, this learn discusses vital features and occasions of Cyril's episcopacy, similar to his pastoral paintings as an city bishop of the Jerusalem Christian neighborhood, Jerusalem's liturgy, the rebuilding of the Temple, giving a re-interpretation of the Syriac letter ascribed to Cyril approximately this occasion, and Jerusalem's and Palestine's non secular panorama.

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1-2. According lO Bihain (l962a) the passages of Sozomen and Theodorel go back to a commOll source: a passage in the Om/fQ EWUJmium of Theodore of l\'lopsuestia. 'Embellishment' of this report, in particular concerning the details about the robe, by those hostile 10 Cylil is not impossible. 25.

However, it could also be that he did not speak about Golgotha and the Cross clearly, because both added tOO much tojenlsalcrn's prestige. '\lius. :lS recogniz~d as one of the four foremost sees ill the Christian lI'orid aud its bishops were gh'en a place of honor at gencral chul'ch councils; TamlCt', 1990, 9; Hefelc, 189·1, 404-409. 1. 1, Sylia, j\'lesopotamia, I>hoenicia, Ambia, P:JIt:stint:, Egypt ami Libya. vc "'" 20 CHAIYrER ONE politics may thus have caused Euscbius to avoid mentioning Golgotha and the finding of the Cross.

Is unlikely since, for one thing, the piece of rock is too small for that purpose. ~ John 19:41 mentions that close to where Christ was crucified there was a garden with a new burial cave in which Christ's body was laid. il seems therefore that the area of Golgotha was not only used as an execution place, bUl that, as already memioned, the area was under cultivation and contained agricultural and possibly omamental gardens. Scattered among these agricultural plots of land were burial caves and one of thcm may have been Christ's Tomb.

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