ABSTRACT

Timothy'spredecessorsweremany.Therewerethosewho cametotheHolyLandinthefifthandsixthcenturies,andsomeof thembecamemonksandnuns.Timothysays,"Thefirstkingof GeorgiawhobecameChristian,MirianKhosroiani,wassentthere byNino...HesawKingConstantine,cametoJerusalem,and obtainedthesiteoftheMonasteryoftheCross."2Mirianlivedin thefourthcentury.InGeorgianhistoryNinowasacaptivelady whoranksasthefirstmissionaryandApostleofGeorgia.Mirian Khosroiani'spilgrimagenevertookplace.Itwasapiousadditionto thehistoryoftheMonasteryoftheCross.Butneverthelessthestory atleastsuggeststheundoubtedtruththatfromearlytimesthe kingdomsofGeorgiahadagreatdealofspiritualandfinancial contactwithChristiansintheHolyLand.