Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Terrorism in Ancient Theater

A gunman opened fire in the Roman theater of Amman, Jordan on Monday, killing one and wounding six other tourists. Attacks on tourists in moderate Arab nations are usually motivated by a desire to hurt the government and economy by scaring tourists away. A similar episode, but larger in scale, was the terrorist take-over of the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt in 1997.

Amman was the capital of the biblical Ammonites and was known as Rabbath-Ammon. The Bible describes David's capture of the city during the time of his sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam 11:16-17). Uriah was killed when he came too close to the walls. By the New Testament period, the site was known as Philadelphia, and it was a large and impressive city of the Decapolis.

Roman theater in Amman


  • I didn't realize Amman was where Uriah died, or even that David had besieged it. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Sep 06, 12:46:00 PM  

  • I didn't know that Amman was later to become known as "Philadelphia", the city of brotherly love -- I'm teaching a class on the Book of Revelation (or rather, the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John), and that is an interesting connection -- Uriah's murder...city of brotherly love...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Sep 18, 05:38:00 PM  

  • Amman was known as Philadelphia, but this is not the same Philadelphia mentioned in Revelation. The letter in Revelation was sent to a church which is located in modern Turkey.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon Sep 18, 09:58:00 PM  

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