CNN: 1,700-year-old Christian Monastery Hidden in Egypt’s Desert

January 9, 2011

CNN reports on a 4th century monastery which was a springboard for Christianity’s spread throughout Palestine, Mesopotamia, Persia and ultimately Europe (the photos are particularly nice):

The story goes that St. Mark, one of Jesus Christ’s 12 apostles, arrived in Alexandria to spread the word. In a city rife with various schools of thought and religious beliefs, St. Mark was confronted with philosophers who were convinced his teachings were at odds with their own beliefs.

To defend his beliefs, St. Mark founded a theological school, teaching Christianity from a philosophical point of view. He lived a life modeled after Jesus and attracted many converts who ultimately became disciples.

These were the first monks.

Read the full article here.

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