Jerusalem One City, Three Faiths

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For the past millennia, Jerusalem has been the site of contention and contestation. From the Crusades to the present times, countless lives have been lost in the quest to lay claim to this city. Whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, all believe in the sacred and holy nature of the city of Jerusalem but do so within the limits of their religious doctrine.


The converse holds true for the remaining religions and it is, thus, that the struggle over Jerusalem has persisted, unabated, across the centuries. Karen Armstrong's Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths, substantially contributes to readers' understanding of the roots of this conflict, the reasons for its persistency and the extent to which the convergence of sacred space can be so, paradoxically, divisive instead of unifying.
Armstrong offers readers a compelling and concise account of Jerusalem's rather complex, convoluted and complicated history. Commencing with an overview of the concept of Zion and the rise of Ancient Israel she, quite interestingly concludes with the same. This circular, repetitive movement of history, is very telling. In the first place, that the end should coincide with the beginning indicates that the struggle over the city has locked the three monotheistic faiths together in a vicious cycle which has no foreseeable end. No matter who emerges as the victor in this struggle, the victory, at best, will be fleeting because it will not be interpreted by other parties to the conflict as the restoration of a legitimate right but the wresting away of their legitimate claim to Jerusalem. ...
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