- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 16, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195152050
- ISBN-13: 978-0195152050
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 5.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount
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For the average American watching CNN, the conflict in the Middle East is a complicated affair, mired in an ancient past and an uncertain future. It also seems like a distant story, one that only remotely touches upon the temples and churches beyond the Middle East. Not so, explains Gershom Gorenberg, a senior editor at the Jerusalem Report. In fact, the threat of apocalyptic religious violence is happening now, and it's happening everywhere. It is fueled in part, he says, by Christian leaders in America's fundamentalist churches.
To help readers make sense of it all, Gorenberg centers his fascinating discussion around the Temple Mount, the world's most desired piece of religious real estate. It is where King David erected an altar, where Solomon and Herod built their temples, and where the Dome of Rock now stands. (Cain even murdered Abel, according to ancient legend, over who would own this place.) The Christian far right now stakes a future claim to the Temple Mount, where they predict (or at least hope) the "Third Temple" will be built shortly. Gorenberg offers the impressive research of a seasoned investigative journalist, yet he possesses the narrative skills of a novelist. The result is an enthralling and informative read. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although Gorenberg, an Israeli journalist, does not specifically address the recent violence at Temple Mount/Al-Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem, anyone who seeks to understand the root of the fighting will find his thorough history of those 35 disputed acres to be indispensable. Gorenberg makes a stellar contribution to comprehending the troubled relationships among Arabs, Jews and Christians in Israel, meticulously analyzing the actions and beliefs of fundamentalist groups in all three religions. Jewish messianists and Christian millennialists insist that building the Third Temple on the site where both Solomon's and Herod's temples stood is essential for the advent of the Messiah, while Muslim apocalyptic believers fear that efforts to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque to make way for the Third Temple will prevent fulfillment of the prophecy about Islam's Meccan shrine migrating to Jerusalem at the end of time. Gorenberg writes objectively about advocates of each stance, slipping just once when he rejects the title of "martyr" for Baruch Goldstein (1994 killer of 29 Arabs in the Tomb of Patriarchs), calling that label "obscene." Gorenberg's prescience is manifest by his calling Temple Mount "a sacred blasting cap" and by stating that "any incident at the site can spin out of control." This valuable study greatly enhances readers grasp of the Middle East's religious and political complexities. (Dec.)
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In fact, this book focuses on the center of three different religions Messianic aspirations--the Temple Mount. No doubt he borrows his title from Christian Pre- Millenniumists who focus on the Third Temple and the role of the Jews and Israel in the End Time. A significant portion of the book is devoted to these various Christian groups and their predictions of Israel's place and specifically, the Temple Mount. But, being both a thorough journalist and containing the natural curiosity of the same, Gorenberg looks at (what he calls) "fringe" Israeli groups such as the Temple Mount Faithful and how they are encouraging the Messianic expectations of the evangelicals. Gorenberg's own opinion seems to be that the "Christian extremists" (his idea) coupled with their encouragement for the "Israeli-Jewish extremists" could actually bring about the Temple-T3 and the subsequent apocalypse just by their focusing on it. He seems to be convinced another Temple is NOT needed; that the Jews are doing just fine without it and the "bloody sacrifices" and giving up this vision is in the long term interest of "peace and security."
The book is solid investigative journalism and makes a solid contribution to examining the "players" in the Temple-T3 story, ALL the players, both Christian Fundamentalists and Israeli Jewish. Gorenberg is stingy with his own opinions, but the careful reader can see where Gorenberg is personally on this issue and it is NOT a vote for T-3, which he sees as a threat to the tenuous peace between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews. I STRONGLY recommend this book for ANYONE interested in the subject of another Temple--T3.