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Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Provocative . . . the book brims with splendid insights.” — Los Angeles Times

Jerusalem: the ancient City on a Hill, a place central to three major religions, a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. James Carrolls urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the history of the city and explores how it came to define culture in both the Middle East and America.

Carroll shows how the New World was shaped by obsessions with Jerusalem, from Christopher Columbuss search for a westward route to the city, to the fascination felt by American presidents from Abraham Lincoln 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 this fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.

“I dare you to read this book and see Jerusalem, or yourself, the same way.” — Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic

"So provocative and illuminating that it should not be overlooked by anyone who cares about the future of Jerusalem." — Jewish Journal

JAMES CARROLL's critically admired books include Practicing Catholic, the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem, House of War, which won the first PEN/Galbraith Award, and the New York Times bestseller Constantines Sword, now an acclaimed documentary.

Praise for Jerusalem, Jerusalem

“James Carrolls Jerusalem, Jerusalem should be required reading for all: it is a lucid, calm, deeply compelling history of the literal and symbolic significance of that city, at the heart and origins of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. From Abrahams sacrifice of Isaac through Charlemagne and Spinoza to Adolf Eichmann and Billy Graham, Carroll marshals an extraordinary range of sources to illuminate the interwoven violence and redemption that define Jerusalem in the world entire, up to this day.”—Claire Messud, author of The Emperors Children

“James Carroll writes with Jesuitical passion about a city that is defined by its arguments. The pace of the book is breathless, its candor exhilarating.”—New Jersey Star-Ledger

“The compelling follow-up to [Carroll's] best-selling Constantines Sword...his use of Jerusalem as a prism to examine the development of monotheism, and his prescription for what he believes might be a more positive future path, provide a powerful and provocative intellectual journey."—BookPage

“A gripping account of how Jerusalem has fired the spiritual imagination of the West from Biblical times to the present—and a deeply personal meditation on the religious impulse itself, and its dark double, sacred violence. More than a rebuke to jihadists and religious extremists, this book challenges secularists who believe that, for modern Western societies, wars of religion are a thing of the past.”—Michael Sandel, author of Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do?

"What a remarkable book! I was blown away by the breadth and depth of it…Another hugely important book for James Carroll, right there with Constantine's Sword."—Reza Aslan, author of No god but God

"One of the broadest and most balanced accounts of the city of King David in recent years...Conceptually profound, richly detailed, and wonderfully realized, this book brings to life the dynamic story of the Divided City."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

“Provocative . . . the book brims with splendid insights.” — Los Angeles Times

Jerusalem: the ancient City on a Hill, a place central to three major religions, a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. James Carrolls urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the history of the city and explores how it came to define culture in both the Middle East and America.

Carroll shows how the New World was shaped by obsessions with Jerusalem, from Christopher Columbuss search for a westward route to the city, to the fascination felt by American presidents from Abraham Lincoln 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 this fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.

“I dare you to read this book and see Jerusalem, or yourself, the same way.” — Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic

"So provocative and illuminating that it should not be overlooked by anyone who cares about the future of Jerusalem." — Jewish Journal

Synopsis:

James Carrolls 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 Carrolls 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. Carrolls brilliant leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus was dispatched from the Crusades-obsessed Knights Templars 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.

About the Author

James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguished scholar-

in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a

regular contributor to the Daily Beast.

Table of Contents

Contents

One: Introduction: Two Jerusalems • 1

1. Heat 1

2. Jerusalem Today 5

3. Hic 13

4. A Personal Note 17

Two: Deep Violence • 24

1. The Clock of the Past 24

2. Mark Makers 28

3. Enter Jerusalem 32

4. Sacrifi ce 36

Three: The Bible Resists • 44

1. Wartime Literature 44

2. Wars That Did Not Happen 46

3. Gods Ambivalence 50

4. Conceived in Jerusalem,

Born in Exile from Jerusalem 56

5. The Empty Temple 64

6. Abrahams Kill 70

7. Apocalypse Then 72

Four: The Cross Against Itself • 77

1. Jesus to Jerusalem 77

2. Romes War and Its Consequences 81

3. The New Temple 89

4. Scapegoat Mechanism 95

5. The Violence of Christians 99

6. Apocalypse Now 106

Five: The Rock of Islam • 113

1. No god but God 113

2. Al Quds 121

3. The Masterpiece Relic 126

4. Jerusalem Agonistes 132

5. 1099 136

6. Knights Templar 139

7. Christopher the Christ Bearer 151

Six: City on a Hill • 155

1. Reformation Wars 155

2. Separatists 166

3. The God of Peace 173

4. Return to Jerusalem 181

5. Temple Roots 185

6. Jerusalem Marchers 189

Seven: Messiah Nation • 194

1. Jerusalem and Exile 194

2. The Printing Press and Ottoman Jerusalem 199

3. The Peaceful Crusade 205

4. Restorationism 209

5. Abrahams Altar 211

6. Gods Right Arm 221

7. Apostolic Succession 225

Eight: Jerusalem Builded Here • 231

1. The Last Crusader 231

2. Diasporas End 240

3. Waiting to Baptize You 243

4. Grand Muft i 248

5. Eichmann in Jerusalem 255

6. Nakba 262

7. Soap 267

8. Twins in Trauma 275

Nine: Millennium • 278

1. The Temple Weapons 278

2. Sacrifi ce Operatives 286

3. Crusade 292

Ten: Conclusion: Good Religion • 296

1. Neither Secular Nor Sacred 296

2. Not Gods Way, But Mans 301

3. Learning from History 307

Notes • 319

Bibliography • 382

Acknowledgments • 394

Index • 397

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547747620
Subtitle:
How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World
Author:
Carroll, James
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120424
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , “Provocative . . . the book brims with splendid insights.” — Los Angeles Times

Jerusalem: the ancient City on a Hill, a place central to three major religions, a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. James Carrolls urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the history of the city and explores how it came to define culture in both the Middle East and America.

Carroll shows how the New World was shaped by obsessions with Jerusalem, from Christopher Columbuss search for a westward route to the city, to the fascination felt by American presidents from Abraham Lincoln 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 this fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.

“I dare you to read this book and see Jerusalem, or yourself, the same way.” — Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic

"So provocative and illuminating that it should not be overlooked by anyone who cares about the future of Jerusalem." — Jewish Journal

"Synopsis" by , James Carrolls 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 Carrolls 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. Carrolls brilliant leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus was dispatched from the Crusades-obsessed Knights Templars 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.
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