The Holy Land: City of War & Worship

Ten measures of beauty came into the world: Jerusalem took nine and the rest of the world one. There are ten measures of suffering in the world—nine in Jerusalem and one in the rest of the world. There are ten measures of wisdom in the world—nine in Jerusalem and one in the rest of the world.

—The Babylonian Talmud

For Christians, Jews and Moslems alike, Jerusalem is infinitely more than just an embattled city in the Palestine desert. To Jews, it is, according to Deuteronomy, "the place where Yahweh chose to dwell." For...

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