The Arab Conquest As A Divine Prophecy

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In the years of the Byzantine Empire, they experienced a stressful shift between the 5th and 7th century. A shift forced unto them by their god, believed to be a divine prophecy, a punishment for their Christian sins. For centuries Christian authors and theologians analyzed and made attempts to make sense of this prophecy. Many patriarchs made connections with events from the Old Testament and not only seeing parallel symbols, but being more self aware of the people and their actions. Questioning the Muslims and their success along with the failures of defense. The early Byzantine authors described the Arab Conquest as a “divine prophecy”. In a way, a punishing karma for the poorly followed principles of the Byzantine Christians as they explain. At the fore front of confliction, the beginnings of the Arab Conquest, Patriarch Sophronius of Jerusalem gave a sermon on Christmas in the year 634. At this time, the Arabs had occupied much of Palestine and Bethlehem, this prevented the Christian pilgrims from visiting the scene of the Nativity for the first time in ages, this made a deep impact on the Byzantine bishop and theologian Sophronius. For Sophronius ' sermon, he found many scriptures within the Old Testament paralleling the current situation of Christians further connecting with this “divinely sent punishment for Christian sins” (139). “Because of countless sins and very serious faults, we have become unworthy of the sight of Bethlehem.... bound by fear of the

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