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Jerusalem: Center of the World 2x52

Over forty centuries ago, a small city rose in the hills some 35 miles inland from the Eastern shore of the Mediterranean. It was not a place of riches. It was not the capital of a powerful kingdom. It was militarily and strategically insignificant. But it was a place where untold numbers of Jews, Christians, and Muslims would come to look for God. A place billions more would love from afar. It was Jerusalem, the Holy Land. The mighty empires too would lay claim here. Over 100 battles would be fought in the city’s name. Understandably there is little left to testify to Jerusalem’s earliest years, but the history of the city from such towering figures as Abraham and King David, Jesus, Mohammed and beyond, can still be told from the science and stones of archaeology; from the oral traditions passed down for millennia; and from the texts of three great faiths.

Why have so many loved and fought for Jerusalem?
Why has this small city had such an impact on the arc of history?
And why have so many, for so long, called Jerusalem the center of the world?

“…a top notch effort … that is both timely … and timeless” — The Los Angeles Times

A wonderful idea … well executed … the overall effect—to paraphrase the poet—is to arrive at the place where it all started, yet know it for the first time. Grade: A.” — Newsday

For anyone who wants a better understanding of Jerusalem and its layers, its history dating back 40 centuries, its conflicts and its mystical and earthly significance, you should take a look.” — The Indianapolis Star


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