By Simon Sebag Montefiore
Jerusalem is the common urban, the capital of 2 peoples, the shrine of 3 faiths; it's the prize of empires, the positioning of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's conflict of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the start of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine clash, this is often the epic background of 3 thousand years of religion, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence.
How did this small, distant city develop into the Holy urban, the "center of the world" and now the main to peace within the heart East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore unearths this ever-changing urban in its many incarnations, bringing each epoch and personality blazingly to lifestyles. Jerusalem's biography is informed in the course of the wars, amorous affairs and revelations of the lads and women--kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores--who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. in addition to the various traditional Jerusalemites who've left their mark at the urban, its solid varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the tremendous to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the traditional global of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the trendy instances of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan.
Drawing on new information, present scholarship, his family papers and a lifetime's learn, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identification and empire in a distinct chronicle of town that many think may be the atmosphere for the Apocalypse. this is often how Jerusalem grew to become Jerusalem, and the one urban that exists twice--in heaven and in the world.
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4 The depiction of Ezekiel as a keeper and interpreter of the written word of God in Ezek. 5 In light of this artificial and late E d elm an From Prophets to Prophetic Books 31 standardization, the biblical title näbi is likely to include other classes of former omen priests and divinatory personnel who had officiated in temples and shrines in Judah and Israel during the monarchy. 6 Do our current so-called prophetic books contain samples of revealed divine will that had only been obtained in an ecstatic trance, or do they contain revelations that had been obtained by a range of technical means?
6 Do our current so-called prophetic books contain samples of revealed divine will that had only been obtained in an ecstatic trance, or do they contain revelations that had been obtained by a range of technical means? This question is not assuming that all of the contents genuinely trace back to the individual whose name is attached to each collection; but even in the cases where we would be inclined to isolate a particular saying as being possibly ancient, “genuine” or "original” whether deriving from one or more individuals, were they the result of ecstatic prophetic activity or something else, like divination, oracles, or dreams?
Those who worked in other occupations but who served as divine vehicles from time to time or who worked free-lance within settlements, without any official affiliation, could have used these same techniques or others, such as fasting or dancing. E d elm an From Prophets to Prophetic Books 33 Isaiah and Ezekiel had visions of an enthroned Yahweh; both were of “priestly” descent and worked in the temple in Jerusalem. Jeremiah, Zechariah, Samuel and Micah were also of “priestly” descent and similarly experienced auditions and visions.
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