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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