Earliest Christian Mission in Scandinavia

A large Viking manor has been found near the ancient town of Birka in Lake Mälaren.

1.20.2017

CHR Comment: Birka was the location of the earliest church (AD 831), a site from which further mission work spread. The community also traded with Byzantine Christians.

Source: Spectacular Viking manor discovered near Birka – The Local

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Archaeologists Locate Lindisfarne monastery

A crowd-funded archaeology dig has uncovered evidence of the lost medieval monastery where the Lindisfarne Gospels were written.

CHR Comment: The site yields important information about early Anglo-Saxon Christians, examples of their artistry, and the result of attacks by the Vikings. The monastery was founded in 635 AD but researchers had not identified its exact location.

The article mentions the importance of “frith” in Anglo-Saxon names (also spelled “vride”). The word is related to the modern German term “friede,” which means “peace” or “security,” and was an important ideal in Germanic society and law.

Source: Archaeologists dig up Christian grave marker that pinpoints site of first Lindisfarne monastery | Christian News on Christian Today