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The Monastery of the cross is built on the site where the olive tree grew that was used to construct the cross that crucified Jesus. It was also the same tree that Eve tasted the fruit whereof it was said "thou shalt not eat".

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Mount Gilboa

The Monastery of the cross is built on the site where the olive tree grew that was used to construct the cross that crucified Jesus. It was also the same tree that Eve tasted the fruit whereof it was said "thou shalt not eat". The monastery was built by Justinian in his 6th century building drive and was then destroyed by both the Persians and Hakim, being rebuilt in the lull just before the first crusade. Today the monastery has had its isolation shattered by modern Jerusalem and is manned by just two monks.


From the Scriptures

1 Samuel Chapter 31


1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. 3 The battle pressed hard upon Saul, and the archers found him; and he was badly wounded by the archers. 4 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and make sport of me.” But his armor-bearer would not; for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword, and fell upon it. 5 And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword, and died with him. 6 Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together. 7 And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley and those beyond the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.


The Revised Standard Version, (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.) 1973, 1977.

 

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