It was intended to strike fear into the hearts of Christians in Iraq, but It has become the new symbol of Christian solidarity worldwide. It first appeared in the city of Mosul, where Christians have lived for the past 2,000 years. When ISIS, today's most feared Islamic terrorist group, took control of the ancient city, Christian homes were spray-painted with a letter for identification. That letter was the Arabic letter "N," the first letter of the word "Nasrani" (Nazarene). It was chosen to mark the Christians because they are followers of Jesus the Nazarene.
These believers were given three choices: Convert to Islam, pay a high tax to live as abused, second-class citizens, or face death by the sword. Within 24 hours the city was emptied of all Christians. They fled by any means they could. Afterwards, a social media campaign emerged to raise awareness of the plight of these Christians.
For centuries Christians have used symbols such as crosses or the sign of a fish to identify themselves as being followers of Jesus. But today's persecution has given birth to a new symbol.
This beautiful, handmade sterling silver pendant with matching earrings was designed by a Palestinian Christian in Jerusalem, the city over which our Lord wept, was ultimately crucified, and then rose from the dead. It makes a statement that the one wearing it is proud to be a follower of Jesus the Nazarene, Son of God, and Savior of the world!
Sterling silver charm on sterling silver chain. Charm is 1.2" tall and 0.8" wide.