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Quarantal and the Holy Grotto of the Temptation of Chri

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Thirty-six miles to the east of Jerusalem stands the ancient city of Jericho. A few miles northwest of Jericho, the Mount of Temptation is the traditional scene of the temptation of Christ. The Gospel of John omits the story but the other gospels (Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13) agree that Jesus, after being baptized by John, fasted in the mountains for forty days, during which time he was both enticed by the devil and directed by the spirit of god. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke present a dramatic dialogue between Jesus and the devil, in which Jesus decisively rejects three proposals made by the devil with quotations from Deuteronomy (6:13, 6:16, 8:3). While these stories are believed by the devout to be autobiographical accounts of his experiences, Jesus was rarely autobiographical in his teachings, and moreover, the literary form of these stories indicate reflective thought about Jesus rather than reports by him. In all probability the narratives are devout imaginative illustrations intended to show that Jesus endured a period of solitude and fasting during which time he considered his abilities and prepared himself for his public ministry. The Arab name for the mountain is Quarantal, a corruption of the French quarantena, a period of forty days. The actual site of the solitary meditations of Jesus is a small cave 170 meters up the steep side of the mountain. While earlier construction may have been done at the site, St. Chariton built the first known chapel in 340 AD. The cave and chapel are rarely mentioned as a pilgrimage destination prior to the Crusades, yet during and following the Crusades they were much visited. In 1874 the mountain was acquired by a Greek Orthodox sect and in 1895 a small convent was built over the grotto. The photograph shows the part of the cave where Jesus slept, prayed and meditated.

Photo: Quarantal, the Holy Grotto of the Temptation of Christ, Jericho

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Written by  Martin Gray.

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THe Monestary is really striking as it clings to the side of the mountain almost hanging in mid-air.

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