By Simon Goldhill
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It was once destroyed approximately 2000 years in the past, and but the Temple of Jerusalem--cultural reminiscence, image, and site--remains some of the most robust, and so much contested, constructions on the planet. this excellent constitution, imagined and re-imagined, reconsidered and reinterpreted repeatedly over millennia, emerges in all its old, cultural, and non secular value in Simon Goldhill's account.
outfitted via Herod on a scale that continues to be staggering--on an earth and rock platform 144,000 sq. meters in sector and 32 meters high--and destroyed via the Roman emperor Titus ninety years later, in 70 A.D., the Temple has develop into the world's such a lot effective image of the human look for a misplaced excellent, a picture of greatness. Goldhill travels throughout cultural and temporal barriers to show the entire volume of the Temple's effect on non secular, inventive, and scholarly imaginations. via biblical tales and old texts, rabbinical writings, archaeological documents, and sleek money owed, he strains the Temple's transferring value for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
a posh and interesting historical past of a unique locus of the imagination--a web site of eager for the Jews; a critical metaphor of Christian concept; an icon for Muslims: the Dome of the Rock--The Temple of Jerusalem additionally deals special perception into the place Judaism, Christianity, and Islam fluctuate in examining their shared inheritance. it's a tale that, from the Crusades onward, has helped shape the fashionable political global.