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Saving the Holy SepulchreHow Rival Christians Came Together to Rescue Their Holiest Shrine$
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Raymond Cohen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189667

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189667.001.0001

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Saving the Holy Sepulchre

Raymond Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the confusion and disagreement over who should have control or ownership of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre when the British forces occupied Jerusalem in December 1917. The Greeks insisted that they owned the building on behalf of the Hellenic nation and as successor to Byzantium, while the Christians argued that the Turks should have ownership of the church since the Muslim doorkeeper held the keys to the great door on their behalf. Others claimed that the major communities were the true proprietors, not the government. This conflict did not help in efforts to restore the Holy Sepulchre.

Keywords:   Church of the Holy Sepulchre, British forces, occupation of Jerusalem, churches, Greeks, Turks

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