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City of the Great King: Jerusalem from David to the Present

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With majestic sweep and sparkling detail, this magnificent volume brings to life the great and ancient drama of the world's holiest city on the eve of a new millennium. Some three thousand years ago King David captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites and made the city his capital. There Solomon built the Temple and the Jewish people found their spiritual center. From its glory under the House of David to its emergence a thousand years later as the birthplace of Christianity, from its destruction by the Romans to its conquest by the forces of Islam and its Crusader and Ottoman periods, Jerusalem has been endlessly revered and warred over, passionately celebrated and desecrated. Mining the rich evidence of this remarkable history, the world-renowned authors gathered here conjure the Holy City as it has appeared in antique Hebrew texts; in the testimony of Jewish and Christian pilgrims and in art; in medieval Islamic literature and in western nineteenth-century accounts; in maps and mosaics and architecture through the ages.

Here is Jerusalem in its physical splendor, the sun rising over the Mount of Olives to touch the golden crown of the Dome of the Rock and warm the crenelated walls of the Old City, with its foundations from the days of the Hasmoneans and Herod the Great, its seven gates and Jewish, Christian, Armenian, and Muslim quarters marked out by the Roman decumanus and the Byzantine cardo. Above the Ramban Synagogue, established by Nachmanides in 1267, looms the minaret of the fifteenth-century Sidi Umar Mosque. Nearby are the foundations and apses of the Crusader Church of St. Mary of the German Knights, which in turn abuts the underground Herodian Quarter, with its fresco-covered walls, mosaic floors, and opulent baths. Remnants of the Nea Church erected by Justinian in 543 and of the Ayyubid tower from the thirteenth century stand within the Garden of Redemption, a memorial to the six million Jews exterminated by the Nazis.

Amid these marvels of geography and architecture, the authors evoke Jerusalem's spiritual history, the events and legends that have made the city the touching point between the divine and the earthly for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. They trace Jerusalem's fortunes as the City of David, as the site of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, as the "Furthest Shrine" from which the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven. Writing from an enlightening variety of backgrounds and perspectives, the authors share a depth of feeling for their subject that imparts a warmth and immediacy to their depiction of the city in all its historic grandeur and religious complexity. An Armenian Jerusalemite once wrote that in the Holy City each person carries a mirror, but each holds it in only one direction. This book brings all these reflections together to create a living picture of Jerusalem not only in history but also in the hearts of those who call it home and those who revere it as a Holy City.

About the Author

Nitza Rosovsky is former Curator for Exhibits, Semitic Museum, Harvard University, author of Jerusalemwalks, and coauthor of The Museums of Israel.

Table of Contents

Chronology

Introduction
Nitza Rosovsky

1. The Inhabitants of Jerusalem
Magen Broshi

PART 1: THE HEAVENLY CITY

2. The Holy Places
F. E. Peters

3. Jerusalem in Jewish Spirituality
Joseph Dan

4. The Holy City in Christian Thought
Paula Fredriksen

5. The Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Islam
Angelika Neuwirth

6. Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Robert L. Wilken

7. Jewish Pilgrimage after the Destruction of the Second Temple
Mark Friedman

PART 2: THE EARTHLY CITY

8. Jerusalem and Zionism
Arthur Hertzberg

9. Palestinian Images of Jerusalem
Muhammad Muslih

PART 3: THE CITY IN LITERATURE, ART, AND ARCHITECTURE

10. Jerusalem in Medieval Islamic Literature
Jonathan M. Bloom

11. Nineteenth-Century Portraits through Western Eyes
Nitza Rosovsky

12. Depictions in Modern Hebrew Literature
Dan Miron

13. Geography and Geometry of Jerusalem
Bianca Kühnel

14. Jerusalem Elsewhere
Oleg Grabar

15. The City in Jewish Folk Art
Nitza Rosovsky

16. The Image of the Holy City in Maps and Mapping
Milka Levy-Rubin and Rehav Rubin

17. Two Islamic Construction Plans for al-Haram al-Sharif
Sabri Jarrar

18. Architecture of the City outside the Walls
Ziva Sternhell

Bibliography

Notes

Contributors

Illustration Credits

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674131903
Subtitle:
Jerusalem from David to the Present
Editor:
Rosovsky, Nitza
Editor:
Rosovsky, Nitza
Author:
Rosovsky, Nitza
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
History
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Jerusalem
Subject:
Jerusalem in Islam.
Subject:
Jerusalem in Judaism.
Subject:
Jerusalem in Christianity.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 459-462.
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
19960301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 maps, 11 color illustrations, 39 halft
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.25 x 8 in 3.3 lb

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