This mosaic is found in the gallery of the Church of the Holy Wisdom – also known as Haghia Sophia. It was established as the Cathedral Church of Istanbul. It is now a museum.
I continue writing my book about the history of Christian Women who have lived in what is now modern day Turkey. Their history starts in AD30 – the year that Jesus Christ was crucified and continues up to the present day. I hope to publish my book later this year.
The first two chapters of my book are looking at what the bible has to say about women. In my research I have come across a very valuable resource produced by Dr Kenneth Bailey. He had a long career working in universities in the Middle East teaching Middle Eastern New Testament Studies. His books contain unique insights into the Middle Eastern world that Jesus and his disciples would have been familiar with. His insights are very helpful in the exegesis of the gospels. Some years ago Dr Bailey produced six videos on Jesus and women in the bible. He has also published Poet and Peasant, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, Through Peasant Eyes and Jacob and the Prodigal.
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