Most Palestinian Christians today are Nabateans. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 11.08.07 | 20:35 (IDT)

    Tosefta: "Before the Arab conquest the holyland area was Christian." Most of these Christians in Israel were Nabateans. Nabateans were Aramaic-speakers from around the Syrian-Jordanian border. They are Arameans, not Arabs. Like Beduin, these Nabateans traveled the wildernesses across Jordan, Negev, and Sinai. In 135 CE, the Romans genocided the aboriginal Jews of Judea, and imported Nonjews into the area of Jerusalem. Mostly Nabateans entered the vacuum, becoming residents of the land of Israel. There were also some Nabateans in the Golan area. In the 3rd century CE, Nabateans mass-converted to Christianity and adopted Greek as their spoken language. After the Arab Islamic Empire invaded Israel, Nabatean Christians RESISTED cultural genocide by Muslims, and still survive to this day. Eventually Christian Nabateans adopted the Arabic language but remained members of the Greek Orthodox Church. Most Palestinian Christians today are Nabateans.

    from the article: Hypocrisy in Hebron
    First published 00:00 10.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 10.08.07
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