March 6, 2012
Professor Abraham Terian will present a lecture on a newly-discovered Armenian mosaic on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The mosaic, which has been dated to the sixth century at the latest, is significant because it sheds light on the role of Armenians, their churches, monasteries and other activites in ancient Jerusalem.
Dr. Terian, who grew up in Jerusalem and was an archaeologist before he became a theologian, will relate the latest discoveries to those known for more than a century, and will comment on their artistic, religious and paleographic significance.
The lecture will take place at the Seminary on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30PM.
The new finding is also highly significant because the mosaic contains a short inscription which is among the oldest surviving examples of Armenian writing anywhere.
The finding was published in a recent issue of the Israel Exploration Journal.
The exquisite sixth-century Armenian mosaic near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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Professor Terian's lecture has been subsidized by the Edward and Anita Essayian Educational Fund of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Seminary by phone at (914) 636-2003.