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Jerusalem: Center of the World (2009)

Ray Suarez , Andrew Goldberg  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Suarez
  • Directors: Andrew Goldberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q7JM32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Jerusalem: Center of the World tells the epic story of the world s most incredible city, capturing the rich mosaic of the city s Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities. Covering a sweeping history of over 4,000 years, the film explores the founding of the city; the birth and convergence of the world s three major monotheistic religions; and the key events in Jerusalem s history as described in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, the Talmud, the Hagaddah, the Koran, and the Hadith. Highlights include: Mount Moriah, the site of the First and Second Temples; the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; the Dome of the Rock; and the Western Wall. Directed by Andrew Goldberg, and hosted by Ray Suarez (The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer), the film includes interviews with locals, top scholars and clergy.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! August 27, 2009
An extremely well done documentary that relates the World's 3 great religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam to Jerusalem. Numerous key figures in the history of these religions and Jerusalem's history are examined in sufficient detail to provide a rich understanding of the people, places and beliefs covered. Very up-to-date coverage, great photography and dialogue. Very educational and insightful. By far the best video coverage of this subject I have ever seen- A "10" on a scale of 1 to 10!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD on the Holy Land by far May 29, 2010
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I purchased several DVD's on Jerusalem and Israel and this was by far the best one. It gave a good overview of Jerusalem and its three major religions. It covered the entire history of the city and its significant sites. I would highly recommend this one. I purchased this as a pre-trip source of information and it gave me great background knowledge. It was totally worth the time to watch. Buy this one and skip all the others...
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This DVD provides extensive coverage of the history of Jerusalem, including the relationship of the city with Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It seems appropriate for those of any faith. There is a wide range of material included and it has been thoughtfully put together.

The material is more informational than you would find in a travel video. I'll have to say that there is so much included that I will have to watch it more than once to absorb even a fraction of what is there. I found that it required more focus than I was able to give it as I watched the first time, because I was tired. This one needs more attention than just a casual viewing, in my opinion.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerusalem 101 February 23, 2011
This documentary is great as an introduction to the diverse history of Jerusalem. It is balanced almost to a fault, presenting the Jewish, Christian and Muslim histories in that order, as if they were separate episodes. If you already have a basic understanding of Jerusalem's history, there won't be much new for you here.
Ray Suarez's enthusiastic and measured presentation prevents this from being completely didactic, which it tends to be.
This documentary barely covers recent history but with its release date being 2009, that probably doesn't matter anyway; it would be dated in any case.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative December 11, 2010
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I wish that I had watched this before going to Israel; or better still,taken a portable DVD and watched it while I was there. The film gave flesh to an unbelievable experience and filled in so much more. When I go back again, I'll watch it before AND during the trip. I'm sure that the folks on the bus would like to see it also.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clarification of the Importance of Jerusalem June 27, 2011
By CRT
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I found this video to be very informative about Jerusalem and its relationship to the world. It helped to clarify my understanding of why Judiasm, Christianity and Islam all consider Jerusalem to be important to their respective religions. I will be rewatching this video from time to time because it is so packed full of important information I could not absorb it all at one time. If you are trying to understand what is happening in Jerusalem today this video helps to put it into the perspective of Jerusalem's history.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative. June 29, 2009
Very informative - watched twice and will review again. Good coverage of all three religious connections to the Holy City. Recommended for anyone wanting a quick overview of Jerusalem and its history.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerusalem: Center of the World May 26, 2011
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As a high school teacher of 15 years, I can say this is the best dvd for my high school (also AP World History) students to learn about the roots of Jerusalem and how it relates to today's issues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very nice and informative
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The same as on TV.
Published 1 month ago by Hugh Donohue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!
So interesting and thorough. Great DVD!
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Goens
5.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary
I was able to visit Jerusalem once. I had never heard of this documentary before
finding it recently. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karl E. Weaver
2.0 out of 5 stars EXCellent historical and visual narrative.
recommend his and have shared it with my group who will be touring to Israel in July
thank you Margot
Published 2 months ago by M.M. Colbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, dull PBS documentary on Jerusalem
This 2-hour documentary on the archaeological roots of Jerusalem covers its history as a Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious center. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Transcendental Thomist
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerusalem the holy City
Excellent film...going to Israel in May. Very helpful to understand the history of the region and the dominance of the different religions. At different times... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rosemary Owings
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Educational
Bought it second hand and it was in perfect condition. In fact I purchased a second as a gift for my brother who lives out of town..
Published 4 months ago by BARBARA
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for many reasons.
Indeed, this is a must have for any video library. Much detail is given to its photograph, writing, and editing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerusalem is the Center of the World!
I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to learn more about the Holy City of Jerusalem. I have never been to Jerusalem, but would love to visit soon and I bought this movie to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Erika E E
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