Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Holy Stairs uncovered

RELICS: 'Holy Stairs' Opened for 1st Time in Nearly 300 Years. But Did Jesus Really Climb Them? (Owen Jarus, Live Science).

It seems not. Massive marble constructions were not characteristic of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. And the actual stairs of Pilate's praetorium would have been destroyed with the rest of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., long before Queen Helena's time.

The stairs are an impressive piece of architecture, whatever their true origin. Did Queen Helena bring them from Palestine in the fourth century? Is that a legend too? What are they and when and where were they made? Does anyone know? Google is uninformative.

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