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I. Archaeology – II. Early Church – III. Arab Period – IV. Christianity in Damascus

I. Archaeology

Damascus, modern Dimešq (aš-Šām), is located 3 km east of where the Baradā river (cf. 2 Kgs 5:12) emerges from the ravine (Rabwāt al-Minšār) between Mount Hermon) and Mount Qasyūn (Anti-Lebanon). It is the center of the largest Syrian mountain-border oasis – the Ghutah, an area threatened by overdevelopment – and since 194…

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Weber, Thomas, Heid, Stefan and Nagel, Tilman, “Damascus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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