Edessa An appropriate title chosen by historian, Michael Boyajian, author of another blockbuster paperback about a subject not well known. A city of the ancient world, Edessa, revered by various empires like the Roman, Persian, Byzantine, Turkish, and others. Urfa was Edessa and the Turks have renamed it again to Sanliurfa. It is where Armenian King Apkar was converted to Christianity by St. Jude Thaddeus . The event led to the conversion of the Armenian kingdom in 301 A.D. becoming the first Christian nation the world under Emperor Tiridates III with the spiritual guidance of St. Gregory, the Illuminator. The Knights of Templar impacted Edessa the first Christian city before Armenia became the first Christian nation. The city was destroyed in the Armenian Genocide and previously its large Church Cathedral burned down in the Hamidean massacres referred to as the "Cathedral holocaust" by missionary Corinna Shattuck .Gary A. Kulhanjian, Social historian
An appropriate title for another blockbuster paperback from Michael Boyajian. -- The California Courier.