End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount

End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount

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by Gershom Gorenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195152050

ISBN-13: 9780195152050

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this provocative work, seasoned journalist Gershom Gorenberg portrays a deadly mix of religious extremism, violence, and Mideast politics, as expressed in the struggle for the sacred center of Jerusalem. Known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, this thirty-five-acre enclosure at the southeast corner of Jerusalem's

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In this provocative work, seasoned journalist Gershom Gorenberg portrays a deadly mix of religious extremism, violence, and Mideast politics, as expressed in the struggle for the sacred center of Jerusalem. Known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, this thirty-five-acre enclosure at the southeast corner of Jerusalem's Old City is the most contested piece of real estate on earth. Here nationalism combines with fundamentalist faith in a volatile brew. Members of the world's three major monotheistic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—hold this spot to be the key to salvation as they await the end of the world, and struggle to fulfill conflicting religious prophecies with dangerous political consequences. Adroitly portraying American radio evangelists of the End, radical Palestinian sheikhs, and Israeli ex-terrorists, Gorenberg explains why believers hope for the End, and why prominent American fundamentalists provide hard-line support for Israel while looking forward to the apocalypse. He makes sense of the messianic fervor that has driven some Israeli settlers to oppose peace. And he describes the Islamic apocalyptic visions that cast Israel's actions in Jerusalem as diabolic plots. The End of Days shows how conflict over Jerusalem and the fiery belief in apocalypse continue to have a potent impact on world politics and why a lasting peace in the Middle East continues to prove elusive.

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ISBN-13:
9780195152050
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Beginning Is Nigh
ONECattlemen of the Apocalypse
TWOThe History of the Future
THREE The Gate of Heaven
FOUR For God and Country
FIVE A Taste of Paradise
SIXConstruction Workers of the Lord
SEVEN The Divine Repertory Theater Company
EIGHT Awaiting the Hour
NINE The Day After the Last
TENAvoiding the Cain Option

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In trying to create a false balance between Jewish and Muslim extremism Gorenberg repeats a slander about the former Chief Rabbi of Israel.He claims that Rabbi Shlomo Goren,of blessed memory, upon the taking of the Temple Mount suggested that the Mosque of Omar be destroyed.Gorenberg in citing this slander did not bother to check the whole background of Rabbi Goren's work in preparing months before the outbreak of the Six - Day War for proper care of the Holy Places.He did not check this story against the whole tenor of Rabbi Goren's thought and writing (Rabbi Goren believed destruction of the Mosque was forbidden in part because it would cause a Pan - Islamic war against Israel.) This may seem a minor point but it is central not only because it tarnishes the name of Rabbi Goren, and too the name of the Jewish people but because it helps present a distorted picture of what is actually going on, and has gone on in relation to the Temple Mount. It goes hand in hand with another major distortion of the work, Gorenberg's underplaying the destructive part of the Muslim Wafq in supervising the site . True his work centers on Christian groups ( whose millenial fervor he too seems to have somewhat exaggerated ) but it is his political bias which prevents him from really going into the tremendous assymetry between the Islamic tendency to wish to make a mosque of the whole plateau , and the Rabbinical restriction which continues to inhibit Jewish activity on the most sacred area to Judaism .
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read all the reviews, most of which heap praise on this book, I picked it up with a sense of eager anticipation. Jerusalem being a city that I know so very well and love more than any other. Only too aware of the immense religious and political significance of the Jerusalem's Temple Mount to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, I expected to read a serious, in-depth, respectful study of the relevance of the Temple Mount to all the parties concerned, particularly in relation to how all faiths view it's place in the end times. Whilst these subjects are touched upon and there is much of merit in this book, I do not feel that the book does justice to this colossal subject. I feel that time and again, the writer's personal opinions are allowed to taint this study. Whilst such should be respected, I fail to find any justification for deviating from essential & pivotal issues to personally attack and insult Christian evangelists for example, over their own personal appearances & histories, or to ridicule the differing personal opinions of others professing some knowledge of the Temple Mount. Accusations of certain beliefs/opinions as being 'myths' without any appropriate elaboration or explanation for such accusations leaves a lot to be desired. Others might accuse me of 'nit-picking', but I feel that this is a subject that needs to be approached with the utmost respect. I consider that there is much destructive criticism within this book, smeared at times with arrogance, whilst constructive criticism and respect is unfortunately sometimes lacking, as is any real in-depth study to the issues concerned. Other reviews quite correctly state the immense signifcance and importance of the matters discussed here, but I am left feeling that this subject needs to be addressed with far more depth and far more respect. There are better books out there on these matters. Might I respectfully suggest that interested persons read 'Secrets Of Jerusalem's Temple Mount' by Leen & Kathleen Ritmeyer, 'The Coming Last Days Temple' and 'Jerusalem In Prophecy' both by Randall Price. Thanks for listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deciphering the signs pointing to all-out war in the Middle East is the passionate purpose of this book, which analyzes the motivations of fundamentalist and evangelical Christians who support Israel in its struggles against the Palestinians in general and in its often violent disputes over the Temple Mount in particular because their literal interpretations of Scriptural passages lead them to believe that these current events represent enactments of the ¿Endtime¿ in which the Messiah will reappear and perform the Final Judgment. A decidedly unbenign corollary of such beliefs, of course, is the expectation that the majority of Jews will be killed during the ensuing Armageddon, and that only the few who convert in time will join the ranks of true believers who enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In tracing these volatile beliefs, summarized under the rubric of ¿dispensational premillennialism,¿ along with the parallel convictions of Jewish messianists and the unswerving commitments of Muslims to the defense of the sacred precincts on the Mount, Gershom Gorenberg contrasts the literalism with which a ¿political arrangement over thirty-five acres,¿ the area of the Temple Mount, ¿is described as a cosmological defeat of light by darkness¿ - i.e., an accommodation preventing the destroyed Temple¿s rebuilding, an essential precondition to fulfillment of the Doomsday scripts of both Christian and Jewish fundamentalists - with the moderate evangelicals¿ rejection of the Crusades as a betrayal of Jesus, who ¿saw the image of God in every person he met.¿ The author alternates passages of philosophical reflection with folksy descriptions of meetings with rabbis, ministers, scientists, politicians, and philosophers, and even with an analogy of the current crisis in the Middle East to the 1993 conflagration in Waco, Texas, which he interprets as a salient and pertinent example not only of the importance of understanding symbols in any dialogue or confrontation between adherents of different religions or cultures but also of the inevitable consequences of failing to heed or to speak one¿s interlocutor¿s symbolic language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deciphering the signs pointing to all-out war in the Middle East is the passionate purpose of this book, which analyzes the motivations of fundamentalist and evangelical Christians who support Israel in its struggles against the Palestinians in general and in its often violent disputes over the Temple Mount in particular because their literal interpretations of Scriptural passages lead them to believe that these current events represent enactments of the ¿Endtime¿ in which the Messiah will reappear and perform the Final Judgment. A decidedly unbenign corollary of such beliefs, of course, is the expectation that the majority of Jews will be killed during the ensuing Armageddon, and that only the few who convert in time will join the ranks of true believers who enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In tracing these volatile beliefs, summarized under the rubric of ¿dispensational premillenialism,¿ along with the parallel convictions of Jewish messianists and the unswerving commitments of Muslims to the defense of the sacred precincts on the Mount, Gershom Gorenberg contrasts the literalism with which a ¿political arrangement over thirty-five acres,¿ the area of the Temple Mount, ¿is described as a cosmological defeat of light by darkness¿ - i.e., an accommodation preventing the destroyed Temple¿s rebuilding, an essential precondition to fulfillment of the Doomsday scripts of both Christian and Jewish fundamentalists - with the moderate evangelicals¿ rejection of the Crusades as a betrayal of Jesus, who ¿saw the image of God in every person he met.¿ The author alternates passages of philosophical reflection with folksy descriptions of meetings with rabbis, ministers, scientists, politicians, and philosophers, and even with an analogy of the current crisis in the Middle East to the 1993 conflagration in Waco, Texas, which he interprets as a salient and pertinent example not only of the importance of understanding symbols in any dialogue or confrontation between adherents of different religions or cultures but also of the inevitable consequences of failing to heed or to speak one¿s interlocutor¿s symbolic language.