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Being in communion with the Greek Orthodox Church, they are under the local jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.
The Russian Orthodox mission was established in Jerusalem in 1858, but Russian Christians had begun visiting the Holy Land in the 11th century, only a few years after the Conversion of Kiev.
The history of the Christian communities in the Land of Israel begins with the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Armenian Orthodox Church dates from the year 301 and the conversion of Armenia, the first nation to embrace Christianity.
Except for national churches, such as the Armenian, the indigenous communities are predominantly Arabic-speaking; most of them, very likely, descendants of the early Christian communities of the Byzantine period.
The Orthodox Church (also termed Eastern or Greek-Orthodox Church) consists of a family of Churches all of which acknowledge the honorary primacy of the Patriarch of Constantinople.
Before 1939 the community numbered more than 15,000, and was the third largest Christian group.
Today, the community numbers about 4,000 - in Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa and Bethlehem. This church had an early influence on the development of desert monasticism in the wilderness of Judea.