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Jerusalem The BiographyPoets saints conuerors and whores who created destroyed chronicled and believed in JerusalemDrawing on new archives current scholarship his own family papers and a lifetimes study Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism identity and empire in a uniue chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem and the only city that exists twice in heaven and on eart A very interesting book that I made the mistake of buying in Kindle The Kindle version wouldn't load the images maps or family trees easily or at all at times so I still haven't been able to access these on the Kindle It was only when I found a print version I realised that the extensive and very helpful foot notes were printed below the relevant pages rather than waiting for Kindle to load the notes and then recover from the following all too freuent crash I was using Kindle in Windows 10 other devicesapp may be betterUnusually for a history book it's a bit short on dates at times; some of the chapters cover uite long time periods and I got a bit lost at timesOtherwise a fascinating book well written and worth buying for the beautifully written & evocative preface and epilogue alone I'm off to buy a proper book and read it again I think that will get 5 stars
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Jerusalem The Biography reader Æ The Biography ´ feedmarkformulate Ò ✾ [EPUB] ✶ Jerusalem: The Biography By Simon Sebag Montefiore ❦ – Feedmarkformulate.co.uk The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created ruled and inhabited itJerusalem isThe epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created ruled and inhabited itJerusalem is the universal city the capital of two peoples the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of todays clash of civilizations From King David to Barack Obama from the birth of Judaism Christianity and Islam to the Israel Palestine conflict this is the epic history of 3000 ye Jerusalem is a compelling read a sweeping historical survey of the most famous city in the world Alas Simon Sebag Montefiore writes with such woeful Biblical illiteracy and misunderstanding of the Christian faith and church history that it rather makes one doubt the reliability of the wholeFor example early in Jerusalem readers are simply told that Genesis 1 and 2 are two conflicting creation accounts as if this would be a devastating revelation to anyone who believes in the truth of the Bible Virtually no Biblical account is viewed as reliable unless there is a tangential reference found in either archaeology or the records of a conuering army Biblical accounts are repeatedly viewed as suspect but those of the oppressors are somehow reliable Events in Jesus' life are cherry picked with those fitting a liberal consensus viewed as historical and everything else a later additionFair enough I thought He just doesn't really know the Bible A bit of an oversight in a history of Jerusalem but not unexpected in a historian and following the status uo of today's secular scholarship But the errors just kept coming When discussing the Reformation we're treated to the revelation that Martin Luther insisted that God only existed in the Bible We're also told that during the early Reformation there are many Protestant sects including the Reform Church Presbyterians Calvinists which is such a bizarre anachronistic reading of Protestantism that it leaves one's head spinning like a dervishI really enjoyed the reading the book I loved the sweeping panorama of the history of the city and the people who lived there but it was let down by stunning levels of Biblical ignorance This is not a work that deserves to sit by Montefiore's spectacular biographies of Joseph Stalin
Simon Sebag Montefiore Í The Biography epub
Ars of faith slaughter fanaticism and coexistence How did this small remote town become the Holy City the centre 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 Jerusalems biography is told through the wars love affairs and revelations of the men and women kings empresses prophets Very interesting and informative tracing the story of Jerusalem from David's conuest of it before 1000 BC right up to the present time There are a few bits of misinformation eg when the Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines it was not recaptured in battle but sent back Also the first half of the word 'holocaust' derives not from the Hebrew word for raising up but from the Greek word for 'whole' Montefiore seems to accept the biblical account of Jerusalem in the time of David and Solomon at face value which many scholars today do not I was also rather irritated by the way he describes events in the biblical period in the words of the King James Version while events at other times are described in modern language It gives the anachronistic impression that the ancient Hebrews talked in Tudor EnglishThe story as a whole is well told but I found it immensely depressing The whole history of Jerusalem seems to be one of power struggles war and massacres mostly committed by Christians Muslims and Jews against each other and within their own faith communities I cannot understand why Montefiore and many others love the city so much but then I have never been there and though I am a Christian have no particular desire to go there I think the world would be a better place if we dropped the whole concept of a 'Holy City' or a 'Holy Land'