The Jerusalem Anthology

Overview

As Library Journal notes: This massive anthology celebrates the 3000-year anniversary of the founding of the city of Jerusalem. It describes, from a Jewish perspective, the history and sociology of the city. Lavishly illustrated, the volume contains biblical quotations, rabbinic literature, travel writings, poems, songs, and fiction excerpts, the majority dating from the last 100 years. The living city amid a world of war is a theme present throughout. In the excerpts by S.Y. Agnon and Amos Oz, we are brought ...
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Overview

As Library Journal notes: This massive anthology celebrates the 3000-year anniversary of the founding of the city of Jerusalem. It describes, from a Jewish perspective, the history and sociology of the city. Lavishly illustrated, the volume contains biblical quotations, rabbinic literature, travel writings, poems, songs, and fiction excerpts, the majority dating from the last 100 years. The living city amid a world of war is a theme present throughout. In the excerpts by S.Y. Agnon and Amos Oz, we are brought close to the modern dilemma and the eternal. This anthology shows and tells us how Jerusalem has lived in the hearts of the Jewish people.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Edited by Hammer (Entering Jewish Prayer, Schocken, 1994), this massive anthology is being published to celebrate the 3000-year anniversary of the founding of the city of Jerusalem. It describes, from a Jewish perspective, the history and sociology of the city. Lavishly illustrated, the volume contains biblical quotations, rabbinic literature, travel writings, poems, songs, and fiction excerpts, the majority dating from the last 100 years. Especially powerful are sections on the Turkish and Mandatory periods and modern nonfiction. The living city amid a world of war is a theme present throughout. In the excerpts by S.Y. Agnon and Amos Oz, we are brought close to the modern dilemma and the eternal. This anthology shows and tells us how Jersualem has lived in the hearts of the Jewish people. Although expensive, it is worth adding to religion and travel collections.Gene Shaw, NYPL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827607040
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Edition description: Deluxe Edition
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 1,138,236
  • Product dimensions: 1.28 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Reuven Hammer received his ordination and doctorate in theology from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the former president of the Rabbinical Assembly and head of the Rabbinical Court of the Masorti Movement.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Color Plates
Chronological Table
Foreword
Author's Preface
Sources and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Jerusalem in Jewish Consciousness 3
Prologue 9
History, Faith, and Beauty 11
Jerusalem: A Tapestry in Time 22
The First Gate: Jerusalem in Biblical Literature 25
The Second Gate: Jerusalem in Second Temple Literature 81
The Third Gate: Jerusalem in Rabbinic Literature 119
The Fourth Gate: Jerusalem in the Literature of the Geonic Period 153
The Fifth Gate: Jerusalem in Writings of the Middle Ages 163
The Sixth Gate: Jerusalem in the Literature of the Turkish and Mandatory Periods 215
The Seventh Gate: Jerusalem in Modern Nonfiction 291
The Eighth Gate: Jerusalem in Modern Fiction 359
The Ninth Gate: Jerusalem in Modern Poetry 401
The Tenth Gate: Jerusalem in Jewish Folklore 445
The Eleventh Gate: Archaeology of the Old City 463
The Twelfth Gate: Jerusalem in Children's Literature 485
The Thirteenth Gate: Jerusalem Day Services 499
The Fourteenth Gate: Jerusalem in Song 505
The Fifteenth Gate: Jerusalem: Toward the Future 517
Epilogue 533
Jerusalem, Holy City 535
Jerusalem the Irreplaceable 539
Pray for the Well-Being of Jerusalem 540
Afterword 543
A Selected Jerusalem Bibliography 545
Index of Subjects and Places Described 549
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