Jerusalem, Jerusalem How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

ISBN-10: 0547747624
ISBN-13: 9780547747620
Edition: 2011
Authors: James Carroll
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Description: James Carroll’s urgent, masterlyJerusalem, Jerusalemuncovers the ways in which the ancient city became, unlike any other in the world—reaching deep into our contemporary lives—an incendiary fantasy of a city. In Carroll’s provocative reading of the  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

James Carroll’s urgent, masterlyJerusalem, Jerusalemuncovers the ways in which the ancient city became, unlike any other in the world—reaching deep into our contemporary lives—an incendiary fantasy of a city. In Carroll’s provocative reading of the deep past, the Bible’s brutality responded to the violence that threatened Jerusalem from the start. Centuries later, the mounting European fixation on a heavenly Jerusalem sparked both anti-Semitism and racist colonial contempt. The holy wars of the Knights Templar burned apocalyptic mayhem into the Western mind. Carroll’s brilliant and original leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus carried his own Jerusalemcentric worldview to the West, America too was powerfully shaped by the dream of the City on a Hill—from Governor Winthrop to Abraham Lincoln to Woodrow Wilson to Ronald Reagan. The nuclear brinksmanship of the 1973 Yom Kippur War helps prove his point: religion and violence fuel each other, with Jerusalem the ground zero of the heat. To the standard set byConstantine’s Sword,Jerusalem, Jerusalemis again a “rare book that combines searing passion . . . with a subject that has affected all our lives” (Chicago Tribune).

James Carroll is the author of nine novels & the memoir "An American Requiem," which won the National Book Award. His essays on culture & politics appear weekly in the "Boston Globe." He wrote "Constantine's Sword" while on fellowships at Harvard University. Before becoming a writer, Carroll was a Catholic priest. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Introduction: Two Jerusalems
Heat
Jerusalem Today
Hic
A Personal Note
Deep Violence
The Clock of the Past
Mark Makers
Enter Jerusalem
Sacrifice
The Bible Resists
Wartime Literature
Wars That Did Not Happen
God�s Ambivalence
Conceived in Jerusalem, Born in Exile from Jerusalem
The Empty Temple
Abraham�s Kill
Apocalypse Then
The Cross Against Itsesf
Jesus to Jerusalem
Rome�s War and Its Consequences
The New Temple
Scapegoat Mechanism
The Violence of Christians
Apocalypse Now
The Rock of Islam
No god but God
A1 Quds
The Masterpiece Relic
Jerusalem Agonistes
1099
Knights Templar
Christopher the Christ Bearer
City on a Hill
Reformation Wars
Separatists
The God of Peace
Return to Jerusalem
Temple Roots
Jerusalem Marchers
Messian Nation
Jerusalem and Exile
The Printing Press and Ottoman Jerusalem
The Peaceful Crusade
Restorationism
Abrahams Altar
God�s Right Arm
Apostolic Succession
Jerusalem Builded Here
The Last Crusader
Diaspora�s End
Waiting to Baptize You
Grand Mufti
Eichmann in Jerusalem
Nakba
Soap
Twins in Trauma
Millennium
The Temple Weapons
Sacrifice Operatives
Crusade
Conclusion: Good Religion
Neither Secular Nor Sacred
Not God�s Way, But Man�s
Learning from History
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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