The Historical Landmarks Of Jerusalem

1880 Words May 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
While the present day Jerusalem flourishes with the pilgrims attracted by the city’s religious significance and the tourists intrigued by its historical landmarks, it was merely a minor city-state in the ancient times. However, rather than a miracle that had occurred overnight, the social and economic status of Jerusalem was obtained through a process of evolution, the early parts of which were recorded in the Hebrew Bible, which is a collection of narratives based on genuine historical events while centering its stories on divine power. In the case of Jerusalem, the Bible provides intricate accounts of religiously significant events that were in sync with the stages of Jerusalem’s development, starting with King David’s choice to designate the city as the capital of the United Monarchy, and culminating around the time of Solomon’s construction of the First Temple, as well as the fall of the city to the Babylonians. Through these references to the Bible, which centralize early events of the Israelite religious history in the city of Jerusalem, it is unequivocal that not only has Jerusalem affected the religious society of the Israelites, but the evolution of the city into a political and spiritual capital is also related to the religious events that took place in the city. To examine the connection between religion and space, Thomas Tweed introduces a model in his short essay “Space”, which defines the characteristics of religious spaces like Jerusalem—interrelated,…
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