The Christians had been on a pilgrimage to the St Samuel the Confessor monastery when the attack took place.Television footage at the scene showed a bus raked with bullets and windows smashed and surrounded by bodies covered in black plastic sheets.Panoramic view (QTVR 2.5 MB, Quickime Player required, download here) The Hanging Church is also referred to as the Suspended Church or Al-Moallaqa.It is called the Hanging Church because it was built on the southern gate of the Roman Fortress.For various reasons modern scholars are cautious of relying on them uncritically, In consequence there was little motivation to write anything down for future generations, but as eyewitnesses began to die, and as the missionary needs of the church grew, there was an increasing demand and need for written versions of the founder's life and teachings.
Al-Mu’izz, a Fatimid khaliph, asked Patriarch Abraham (975-978), the 62nd Patriarch, to prove the truth of a verse in the Bible.
The most obvious contrast is between John and the three synoptics: both relate the basic story-line from John the Baptist to the Resurrection of Jesus, but within this overall framework they present completely different pictures of Jesus' career.
Jesus's career in the synoptics takes up a single year while in John it takes three, in John the cleansing of the Temple takes place at the beginning of his ministry while in the synoptics it happens at the end, and in the synoptics the Last Supper takes place as a Passover meal, while in John it happens on the day before Passover.
Scholars speculate that the works were buried in response to a letter from Bishop Athanasius declaring a strict canon of Christian scripture.
The name of Thomas was also attached to the Book of Thomas the Contender, which was also in Nag Hammadi Codex II, and the Acts of Thomas.