Ground Zero Bible

Ground Zero Bible



September 11, 2001 is a formational day in modern American history. It is a day on which seemingly everything changed. For those in my generation, it is our “I remember where I was when…” moment. We beheld a new type of violence on that day – a violence which took place on our native soil.

Now it seems that we can not go a week without hearing about another terrible act of violence performed by one militant religious group or another.  How are we supposed to react to the news of a highly organized terrorist strike which is taking place 3,500 miles away, especially when the news headline is sandwiched between a cat video and an advertisement for office software? We may start to become overwhelmed nearly to the point of breaking, we may feel like we are suffering the early stages of compassion fatigue, or we may even be tempted to hate those who are committing these devastating actions.

A photographer, Joel Meyerowitz, spent nine months photographing ground zero after the events of September 11. One day, while working amidst the rubble of the south tower, a firefighter brought him a rather extraordinary artifact, a Bible. Watch the video to see him tell this amazing story, and to hear Christ’s words to us regarding how we should treat those who wish us harm.


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About author

Bryce Buffenbarger

Bryce is the Assistant to the Metropolitan at the Greek Orthodox of American, Metropolis of Detroit. A graduate of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts.