A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 12, 1982

For TIME'S team of Jerusalem-based journalists and photographers who helped Senior Writer Otto Friedrich with this week's cover story on the ancient holy city—and troubled political powder keg—assignment to Jerusalem tends to elicit emotions ranging from reverence to worry. "This Eastertide, my second in Jerusalem," says TIME Jerusalem Bureau Chief David Aikman, "has re-evoked all the emotions surrounding the original Passion nearly two millenniums ago. But the city has a special, almost brooding quality, as though it waits impatiently for the next turn of destiny's wheel."

In the City of God, the wait is never long. "It is a miracle," says Correspondent...

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