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After the EvilChristianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust$
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Richard Harries

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263134

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199263132.001.0001

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Jerusalem in Religious Perspective

Jerusalem in Religious Perspective

(p.154) 8 Jerusalem in Religious Perspective
After the Evil

Richard Harries (Contributor Webpage)

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Jerusalem is important for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. However, it is important in different ways. Within Christianity, Jerusalem became de‐territorialized and a symbol for heaven. So Christian concern with Jerusalem is for free access to the holy sites. For Islam, Jerusalem is important because of its connection with Muhammad in Islamic tradition and because it was for many centuries part of the realm of Islam. For Judaism, the actual geographical place has always remained important, not just as a symbol of world peace, but of the hope of an ingathering on this earth of the people to their promised land. In all three religions at the moment, there is a terrible contrast between the symbolic aspects of Jerusalem and the present divided reality.

Keywords:   Jerusalem, Jerusalem for Christianity, Jerusalem for Islam, Jerusalem for Judaism, symbol

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