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Temple of Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future [NOOK Book]

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The extraordinary success of The Da Vinci Code has dramatically intensified interest in the mysterious origins of Christianity. But in fact, there has always been huge curiosity about a wide range of contentious issues concerning Jesus and early Church history. Who was the "real" Jesus? How much do we really know about his disciples? What is written in the "secret" early Christian writings, such as the Gnostic Gospels? Decoding Early Christianity addresses all such questions, separating truth from legend, and ...
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Overview

The extraordinary success of The Da Vinci Code has dramatically intensified interest in the mysterious origins of Christianity. But in fact, there has always been huge curiosity about a wide range of contentious issues concerning Jesus and early Church history. Who was the "real" Jesus? How much do we really know about his disciples? What is written in the "secret" early Christian writings, such as the Gnostic Gospels? Decoding Early Christianity addresses all such questions, separating truth from legend, and showing how the early Church Fathers and Popes interpreted competing views and traditions to produce, over time, an approved and codified view of Jesus and his followers, and developed an accepted liturgy with which to worship him. Expertly written by a team of highly distinguished authors, it is a clear and engaging exploration of fact and fiction for anyone who wants to be reliably informed on the subject. The authors show how speculative fancies arise from a mixture of tenuous evidence and wishful thinking, and bring the issues back to the solid-but no less extraordinary-evidence in the main canon of the Gospels and the Acts.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Lundquist (chief librarian, Asian & Middle Eastern Div., NYPL) does a thorough, but not tedious, job of tracing the four phases of the Temple Mount (aka Al-Haram As-Sharif) in Jerusalem-its original construction, its reconstruction in 516 B.C.E., its expansion during the reign of the Idumean King Herod, and its destruction in 70 C.E. and ongoing survival in the minds of Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. The book is strengthened by Lundquist's referencing of a wide variety of ancient primary sources, his placing of archaeology and meaning in clear historical context, and his presentation of the issues and conflicts surrounding the Temple as well as of its current political, secular, and religious meaning. He closes by revealing the shared belief among Jews, Christians, and Muslims of the vital role the Temple will play in bringing about the apocalyptic vindication of the righteous. A well-researched and carefully presented work; highly recommended for academic, seminary, and public libraries.
—Carolyn M. Craft

From the Publisher

"The book is strengthened by Lundquist's referencing of a wide variety of ancient primary sources, his placing of archaeology and meaning in clear historical context, and his presentation of the issues and conflicts surrounding the Temple as well as of its current political, secular, and religious meaning….A well-researched and carefully presented work; highly recommended for academic, seminary, and public libraries."

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Library Journal

"In this exhaustive and fascinating work, Lundquist, the chief librarian of the New York Public Library's Asian and Middle Eastern Division, discusses the Temple's history and meaning for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The final chapters focus on the Temple as the crux of political-religious conflict, based on literal interpretations of the Bible and the Quran, and its place in apocalyptic ideas in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A good purchase for university and larger public libraries."

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MultiCultural Review

"Readers who have great interest in the ancient Near East will probably gain the most from this book. As someone who is interested in this area of study, I found the book engaging and well researched."

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BYU Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313017551
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,105,752
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN M. LUNDQUIST is The Susan and Douglas Dillon Chief Librarian of the Asian and Middle Eastern Division, The Research Libraries--Humanities and Social Sciences Library, New York Public Library. He has written many books and has written pieces for the New York Times Travel section.

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