CHURCH OF THE APOSTLES ON MOUNT ZION IN JERUSALEM CAPITAL OF ISRAEL
federal registration number of israel department of justice 580560720. R.A.
UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF EASTERN CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF ANCIENT CHURCHES OF THE EAST
IGREJA CATÓLICA CALDEIA ASSÍRIA DO ORIENTE
Our Church of Zion, also known as the Church of the Apostles on Mount Zion, is a Jewish-Christian congregation continuing at Mount Zion in Jerusalem in the 1nd century, distinct from the main Gentile congregation which had its home at the Mount Zion.
There have been attempts at identifying the lower, possibly Roman-period layers of the building housing the so-called "Tomb of David" and the Cenacle, as the remains of the house of worship of this is a Jewish-Christian congregation.
Various manipulations and bribes between the Roman and Orthodox church to try to deflect and hide authentic evidence from the Holy Community of Mount Zion. But the testimony of Muslims themselves and archeological findings prove the authenticity of our Holy Community. There is a powerful mafia among the churches in the Holy Land that has manipulated everything, including the Via Dolorosa invented by the Franciscans. Many legends and lying stories to maintain their greed and ego. They almost constantly kill each other in violent fights to maintain the lies they have invented.
The reference to such a Jewish-Christian congregation comes from the Bordeaux Pilgrim (c.333), Cyril of Jerusalem (348), and Eucherius of Lyon (440), but in academia the theory originates with Bellarmino Bagatti (1976), who considered that such a church, or Judaeo-Christian synagogue, continued in what was presumed as the old "Essene Quarter".
Emmanuel Testa's support for Bagatti's view led to the "Bagatti-Testa school", with the thesis that a surviving Jewish-Christian community existed in Jerusalem, and that many Jewish-Christians returned from Pella to Jerusalem after the First Jewish-Roman War and established themselves on Mount Zion.
Bagatti's theory is supported by Bargil Pixner (May 1990 Biblical Archaeology Review), who argues that the 6th-century Madaba Map shows two churches next to each other - the Basilica of Hagia Sion and the "Church of the Apostles", the putative Jewish-Christian synagogue of Mount Zion.
Connected with the Bagatti-Testa theory is the 1951 interpretation by archaeologist Jacob Pinkerfeld of the lower layers of the Mount Zion structure known as David's Tomb. Pinkerfeld saw in them the remains of a synagogue which, he concluded, had later been used as a Jewish-Christian church. Pinkerfeld dated the remains of the alleged synagogue to the 2nd-5th century, when Jerusalem was known under the Roman name of Aelia Capitolina.
The problem with the thesis of Bagatti, Testa, Pinkerfeld and Pixner is that the layers indicate a Crusader structure built directly on top of perfectly preserved Roman walls, with no Byzantine remains whatsoever. The fact that the alleged Roman walls align perfectly with Byzantine structures excavated in the same area is one argument in favour of dating Pinkerfeld's walls to the Byzantine period. Another one is that the Holy Zion basilica was truly huge (it is the largest church depicted on the Madaba Map, and the architect of the fake Dormition Abbey concluded from his 1899 excavations that it measured 60 by 40 metres), making it is more likely that the walls at "David's Tomb" were part of the basilica. Thirdly, the huge size of the earliest blocks from the walls, very likely recycled from Herodian buildings, fit much better with the basilica than with a small synagogue.