Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

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From the author of the New York Times best-selling Constantine's Sword comes a richly layered history, fueled by powerful insight, of the ancient city at the epicenter of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim experience.


James Carroll’s urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the ways in which the ancient city became a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. That fervor animates American history as much as it does the Middle East, in the present as deeply as in the past.

In Carroll’s provocative reading of the deep past, the Bible came into being as an act of resistance to the violence that threatened Jerusalem from the start. Centuries later, holy wars burned apocalyptic Jerusalem into the Western mind, sparking expressly religious conflict among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The heat stretched from Richard the Lionheart to Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, whose World War I conquest of the city relit the fuse for a war that still rages.

Carroll’s brilliant leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus was dispatched from the Crusades-obsessed Knights Templar’s last outpost in Iberia, the New World too was powerfully shaped by the millennial obsessions of the City on a Hill — from Governor Winthrop to Abraham Lincoln to Woodrow Wilson to Ronald Reagan. Heavenly Jerusalem defines the American imagination — and always, the earthly city smolders. Jerusalem fever, inextricably tied to Christian fervor, is the deadly — unnamed — third party to the Israeli-Palestinian wars. Understanding Jerusalem fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.

Baker & Taylor
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.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547195612
Branch Call Number: 956.9442 CAR
Characteristics: xi, 418 p. ;,24 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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