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Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths Paperback – April 29, 1997
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Though the author was a former catholic nun, she displays no bias whatsoever towards Christianity. The book displays the history of the city equally from the points of view of all three religious groups that care about it: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Thus the book dwells in detail about the extreme agony of the Jews for their loss of the city and their being forbidden to enter it during Byzantine Roman rule.Read more ›
after purchasing your plane ticket to the historic city. And
you'll try to read it before you leave. My advice: wait
until you're on the plane to begin reading--no guilt for not
getting to it before departing. The early chapters are better
read while en route, and the later chapters "live" while sur
rounded with the three faiths that have made Jerusalem the
most interesting city in the world. The old city still has
the same flavor, I'm sure, as it did centuries ago. The
Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Holy
Sepulchur are all infinitely more meaningful after reading Armstrong's history. So save the money that local guides want to charge you and read Armstrong's book, muster your self-control (if you have any) and wait until you're on your way to the holy city to read her
rich account of Jerusalem, a city that still needs our prayers
to live up to its name--"city of peace."
There are two other outstanding books on Jerusalem. They are Jerusalem by F. E. Peters 712 pages Princeton Univ Pr (October 30, 1995) and Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore 688 pages Knopf (October 25, 2011).
FE Peters' book contains useful commentary as well as selections of eyewitness accounts from pilgrims and travellers to Jerusalem, and quotations from the Bible. Montefiore's book is the latest and it has a gripping historical narrative of the rulers who ruled Jerusalem as well as the politicians, saints and travellers associated with Jerusalem .
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Well written and researched. Perhaps a little too detailed.Published 2 months ago by Cecil W. Rhodes
MS Armstrong is a renowned and superb writer. I always find her works interesting, inspiring and well thought out. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bartholomer Arrington
This book was not what I expected. Somewhat ponderous. Also outdated at this time several years after publish date.Published 7 months ago by Steven L. Olson
NO COMPLAINTS. TRANSACTION WENT WELL. BOOK WAS FINE.
I love this book; I've read it several times, over a couple of decades. It has told me something new each time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. URDAHL