Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

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This work traces the evolution of the belief that Jerusalem is the center of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious worlds and argues that this fixation is a main cause of the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It uncovers the ways in which the city became a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervour unlike anywhere else on Earth. He shows how the conflicts within this holiest of cities underscore an important point of history: that religion and violence fuel each other. In the author's reading of the deep past, the Bible came into being as an act of resistance to the violence that threatened Jerusalem from the start. Tracing the richly intertwined threads of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim history, the author illuminates the European fixation.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547195612
0547195613
Branch Call Number: 956.9442 CARROLL
Characteristics: xi, 418 pages ; 22 cm

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Bettylg Jun 18, 2014

Wow. The Description above does not do this book justice. Read it and understand how apocalyptic thinking - the bedrock of fundamentalism in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - legitimizes all sorts of reprehensible behavior in all parts of the world.

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Keogh
Dec 17, 2011

Insightful and informative. The book explores the history of the city and its connections to world history, as well as its religious and cultural importance. I picked up a good deal of information I didn't know about.

debwalker Apr 28, 2011

Discusses the history of the city, as well as the religious fervor and conflicts it has inspired.

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