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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Watch: 'Simon Sebag Montefiore's Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City - 1. The Wellspring of Holiness'

Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims, but why did it become, as historian Simon Sebag Montefiore elegantly puts it, “the prime place on Earth for God to meet man”?

The first episode of his three-part series covers Jerusalem’s ancient history. It’s a grisly story of conquest and exile, where each religious group appropriated the holiest places of previous inhabitants. Yet, despite all these horrors the holiness – like crude oil – just keeps seeping through to the surface. And the film quietly points out the potent contrasts of the city today: Israeli soldiers mix with Christian visitors, while the remnants of Hadrian’s palace lie behind a Palestinian patisserie.

1/3. Simon Sebag Montefiore tells the story of the city from ancient times to the present day and explores its importance in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He begins in the era of the Canaanites, when Jerusalem first came to be regarded as a sacred site, and examines the evidence that King David made it a Jewish city. He also discusses the construction of the First Temple by Solomon, the life and death of Jesus Christ, and the expulsion of the Jews by the Romans.

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