Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World by James Carroll

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

'“For millennia, Jerusalem has been the meeting point of religion and culture, traditionalism and modernity, and the apparently inevitable violence that erupts over a particular faith’s exclusive claim to the city. Carroll, author of the critically acclaimed Constantine’s Sword, has given us one of the broadest and most balanced accounts in recent years of the city of King David—one centered on the concept of ‘sacred violence’ as a path to redemption, a vision long engendered by Jerusalem and all that it represents. But he has another agenda—to analyze and interpret the intersections of history, theology, philosophy, and popular culture in a way that offers hope of an emerging religion that ‘celebrates life, not death.’ . . . Conceptually profound, richly detailed, and wonderfully realized, this book brings to life the dynamic story of the divided city.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review   “There is something on almost every page that makes the reader want to stop and contemplate. For those meeting Jerusalem for the first time, this volume makes a stunning introduction. For others, who have struggled with the city’s conundrums, either its symbolic meaning in the history of civilization or its place in the modern world, Carroll’s reflections will add clarity if not closure.” —Booklist, starred review   “A remarkable book . . . Hugely important.” —Reza Aslan, author of No god but God   “I dare you to read this book and see Jerusalem, or yourself, the same way.”—Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic  '
'“For millennia, Jerusalem has been the meeting point of religion and culture, traditionalism and modernity, and the apparently inevitable violence that erupts over a particular faith’s exclusive claim to the city. Carroll, author of the critically acclaimed Constantine’s Sword, has given us one of the broadest and most balanced accounts in recent years of the city of King David—one centered on the concept of ‘sacred violence’ as a path to redemption, a vision long engendered by Jerusalem and all that it represents. But he has another agenda—to analyze and interpret the intersections of history, theology, philosophy, and popular culture in a way that offers hope of an emerging religion that ‘celebrates life, not death.’ . . . Conceptually profound, richly detailed, and wonderfully realized, this book brings to life the dynamic story of the divided city.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review   “There is something on almost every page that makes the reader want to stop and contemplate. For those meeting Jerusalem for the first time, this volume makes a stunning introduction. For others, who have struggled with the city’s conundrums, either its symbolic meaning in the history of civilization or its place in the modern world, Carroll’s reflections will add clarity if not closure.” —Booklist, starred review   “A remarkable book . . . Hugely important.” —Reza Aslan, author of No god but God   “I dare you to read this book and see Jerusalem, or yourself, the same way.”—Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic  '
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 9780547549057 Pages: 432