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Holy Land Artisans

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The village of Taybeh

The Bethlehem District

Grotto of the Nativity - Bethlehem

The Bethlehem area is home to one of the few remaining Christian populations in the Holy Land.  This ancient Christian community traces its roots to the time of Christ.  It is from this area that Christianity spread throughout the world, yet today the Christian population in the Holy Land is dwindling.

Relief of St George, Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Saint George, patron saint of the Palestinian Christians, is seen on many homes and buildings.

Jerusalem - St Mary Magdalene

The village of Taybeh
Taybeh, the biblical village of Ephraim, is the last entirely Christian village in the West Bank.  Due to very high unemployment and severe travel restrictions the village population has dropped from 3,500 to a new low of 1,300.

The beautiful Shepherd's Field Greek Orthodox Church, Beit Sahour

The Christian Artisans

The area around Bethlehem has been known for centuries for its distinguished carvers of olive wood and mother-of-pearl.  It is an art handed down from father to son.  For many years the Christian community made a very respectable living selling their carvings to the vast numbers of tourists and pilgrims who flocked to the Holy Land.  Today the situation is dramatically different.  The Palestinian economy is struggling and due to the political situation there are far fewer tourists to buy the beautiful carvings produced by local Christian families.  

St James Church Armenian Quarter Jerusalem

* Original Music by Usama Al Lati a 22 year old Lutheran Christian from Beit Sahour.

Lissa Caldwell 58 Lodge Lane Waynesville, NC 28786