Jerusalem: The Biography

September 4, 2019 - Comment

“This is an essential book for those who wish to understand a city that remains a nexus of world affairs.” —Booklist (starred) Jerusalem is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, fanaticism, bloodshed, and coexistence, from King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“This is an essential book for those who wish to understand a city that remains a nexus of world affairs.” —Booklist (starred)

Jerusalem is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, fanaticism, bloodshed, and coexistence, from King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
 
How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the “center of the world” and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem’s biography is told through the wars, love affairs, and revelations of the men and women who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan.
 
In this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy city to life and draws on the latest scholarship, his own family history, and a lifetime of study to show that the story of Jerusalem is truly the story of the world.  

 

A New York Times Notable Book 

Jewish Book Council Book of the Year

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Anonymous says:

This is a great history of perhaps the beginning of Christianity from Judaism Loved this book —-6,000 years of Jerusalem ‘s history was/is perhaps the greatest influence on where we are today and how we got here — watching every country in the world trying to conquer it , possess it and destroy it and,,, nations are STILL fighting over it . The cradle of God’s chosen people in a land that produced the jewish Savior , Jesus Christ , 2,000 years ago, and He was the beginning for our Christian faith . Written in a secular fashion and citing proof of recorded facts…

Anonymous says:

Great Treatise on a Great City If you are looking for a VERY detailed history of Jerusalem, this is your book. Very well written and fascinating, but you had better have some very serious time on your hands to get through it. I am retired, so am LOVING it.

Anonymous says:

This is one of the most digestible histories of that … This is one of the most digestible histories of that part of the world I have read. I have started a bunch of them and never finished them because they got bogged down in incomprehensible detail or the warped agenda and biases of the author began to leak out after a few chapters. This was straightforward, informative, interesting.

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