The Cenacle and the Community The Background of Acts 2:44–5

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

in Keys to Jerusalem

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199642021
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738555 | DOI:
The Cenacle and the Community The Background of Acts 2:44–5

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This chapter considers the authenticity of the Cenacle, a rather dilapidated building outside the Old City of Jerusalem where the Upper Room of Pentecost and the Last Supper sits above the Tomb of David. It begins with a discussion of archaeological and textual evidence for the existence of a second-century Christian building on Mount Sion. It then argues that the determination of the strong Christian community in Aelia Capitolina to maintain contact with the site despite severe obstacles betrays an attachment to the building, which must be pushed back to the first century, when the quarter was the home of the most affluent residents of the city.

Keywords: Cenable; Jerusalem; Upper Room; Tomb of David; Mount Sion; Aelia Capitolina

Chapter.  5574 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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