The Day of the Siege

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Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

Day of the Siege

Almost every day we read and hear about the brutality against Christians perpetrated by a group of Islamic fanatics who call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The group is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The brutality of ISIS was displayed recently by the beheading of the American journalist James Foley. Foley’s graphic execution was made available through a video that was widely watched on the Internet.

ISIS’s goal is to establish an Islamic State in parts of Syria and Iraq. They also want to exterminate Christianity in the Arab world, which they consider to be an enemy of Islam.

Christians have lived in Syria and Iraq since the inception of Christianity. They lived in what was known as the land of Mesopotamia at least six hundred years before the birth of Islam. Today, those Christians who live in the…

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