Details from Christ Church (Nazareth)

The current vicar of Christ Church has recently removed some carpet that had covered the chancel for many years. He found an interesting pattern there of an octagon with an eight-pointed start in the middle. Does this mean anything? The church itself was build in the 1870’s by the evangelical CMS missionary John Zeller, who was German. Do leave a comment if the curious designs may have any meaning or significance beyond decoration.

Included here are a few other details from the church as well. More pictures can be found at my Flickr site. (All pictures copy right D A Miller 2013.)


Octagon and Star
Octagon and Star


Baptismal Font
Baptismal Font


Detail on choir bench
Detail on choir bench


Detail from Pulpit
Detail from Pulpit



Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am associate professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE) and priest at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog ( or page for more information.

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