Religion: The Hill of Jesus

Ever since the Hill of Jesus began to turn up in war dispatches from North Africa, people have wondered how an Egyptian hill came to have such a name. The Hill of Jesus has nothing to do with the flight into Egypt or the hermit fathers of the desert about whom Flaubert wrote The Temptation of St. Anthony and Anatole France wrote Thais. The Hill owes its name to the fact that Mohammedans regard Jesus, like Mohammed, as an authentic prophet. The Arabic form Eisa is so popular among Egyptians that they often give...

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