From The Ten Parables Of Jesus Short Courses Series. Lesson 9 Audio Lesson On " The Parable Of The Two Men In The Temple. "
Our next to last audio in our series on the Ten Parables Of Jesus is now available for your study. We trust it will minister to you in a special way.
Reverend Jorge Canepa and his wife are in Instanbul, Turkey and passed along to me a variety of pictures on there journey. Jorge has just finished his Master's in Theology here at Focus Bible College. Two of the pictures he sent were of the old Sophie Church which used to be just about the oldest church in Christendom. However, it has now become a Mosque as Turkey is now 90% Muslim. What a turnaround from what was a vibrant Eastern Roman Church and enclave of the Orthodox faith.
Here is a brief history of the church.
ONCE A CHURCH, LATER A MOSQUE.Masterpiece Of The History Of Architecture:The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque / Ayasofya-i Kebir Cami-i Şerifi, with its innovative architecture, rich history, religious significance and extraordinary characteristics has been fighting against time for centuries, was the largest Eastern Roman Church in Istanbul. Constructed three times in the same location, it is the world’s oldest and fastest-completed cathedral. With its breathtaking domes that look like hanging in the air, monolithic marble columns and unparalleled mosaics, is one of the wonders of world’s architecture history. The sheer dazzling beauty of mosque with its magnificent play on space, light, and color provokes worship in the believer! Hagia Sophia pose on the ground of the first hill of Istanbul, precisely at the tip of the historic peninsula, surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn on three sides.
Today's Hagia Sophia (Turkish:Ayasofya, Latin: Sancta Sophia, Spanish: Santa Sofia, Russian:Собор Святой Софии, literally:Holy Wisdom or Divine Wisdom) is the third building constructed in the same place with a different architectural understanding than its predecessors. Hagia Sophia considered the embodiment of Byzantine Architecture and also said changed the history of architecture. By the order of Emperor Justinianos, it was built by Anthemios (mathematician) from Tralles (today's Aydin) and Isidoros (geometrician and engineer) from Miletos (today's Balat). The construction started in 532 and was completed in a period of five years and opened for worship in 537 with great ceremony. An earthquake swarm which hit the Constantinople from May 7,558 to following the years 546 and 557 were destructive. The dome of the Hagia Sophia collapsed and thousands of houses couldn't resist magnitude of quakes.
The Hagia Sophia and Byzantine city of Constantinople sacked and looted in April 1204 by the Venetians and the Crusaders on the Fourth Crusade which regarded as shocking betrayal amongst Christians. The crusader nobleman Baldwin of Flanders was crowned as emperor in Hagia Sophia, but most Byzantines refused to recognize him, and the empire fragmented into four small independent states.
Here is lesson 8 audio of our short courses series on " The Parable Of The Rich Fool. " We learn a lot from Luke on how to handle the subject of money, with the right attitude and heart.
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