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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199642021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642021.001.0001

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

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

(p.123) 7 The Cenacle and the Community The Background of Acts 2:44–5
Keys to Jerusalem

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

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

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