Jerusalem : The Holy City

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Jerusalem: The Holy City, Paper 1 Despite having no seemingly admirable qualities with location, Jerusalem is a greatly influential city that shapes beliefs and religious views of people, even in this modern time. Jerusalem is a shared central place representing three major religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, making this city a place that is highly revered by many. This well-regarded city has proven to be a sacred space through the way it is set apart, ever changing and connected to other times and events. Over centuries, Jerusalem developed from a small town into a political center by David’s reign and decision to make it his capital, while it evolved into a religiously important space with the addition of the Ark of the…show more content…
It was not a commonly visited city nor was it well known before the reign of David, but it has always been set aside in a unique geographic location. Jerusalem is differentiated through the mindset of believers with the idea that is it God’s chosen city and the site of many divine encounters that can be seen throughout texts in the Old Testament. One example saying, “At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart.” (Jeremiah 3:17). This reference in particular, shows the importance that is being placed on the small city as it is being referred to as the “throne of the Lord”. Along with the name, this passage explains that everyone will come together in Jerusalem within the presence of the Lord and leave their immoral and corrupt ways. This is an incredible claim being made, yet there are numerous passages that describe Jerusalem in a similar fashion, as being holy and sacred. Zachariah 8:3 says, “Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain.” In this text, the Lord is declaring that he will dwell in Jerusalem and portrays the city as faithful and holy, once again clearly depicting the prominence of the
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