City of Stone: The Hidden History of Jerusalem (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Nov 8, 1996 - History - 274 pages
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Jerusalem is more than a holy city built of stone. Domain of Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Jerusalem is a perpetual contest, and its shrines, housing projects, and bulldozers compete in a scramble for possession. Now one of Jerusalem's most respected authorities presents a history of the city that does not fall prey to any one version of its past.Meron Benvenisti begins with a reflection on the 1996 celebration of Jerusalem's 3000-year anniversary as the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. He then juxtaposes eras, dynasties, and rulers in ways that provide grand comparative insights. But unlike recent politically motivated histories written to justify the claims of Jews and Arabs now living in Jerusalem, Benvenisti has no such agenda. His history is a polyphonic story that lacks victors as well as vanquished. He describes the triumphs and defeats of all the city's residents, from those who walk its streets today to the meddlesome ghosts who linger in its shadows.Benvenisti focuses primarily on the twentieth century, but ancient hatreds are constantly discovered just below the surface. These hostilities have created intense social, cultural, and political interactions that Benvenisti weaves into a compelling human story. For him, any claim to the city means recognizing its historical diversity and multiple populations.A native son of Jerusalem, Benvenisti knows the city well, and his integrated history makes clear that "all" of Jerusalem's citizens have enriched the Holy City in the past. It is his belief that they can also do so in the future.
  

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This is the second book by Benvenisti that I have read, and I am quickly becoming a devoted reader of him! The way he writes about notoriously polemical and difficult problems; his (at times) common ... Read full review

City of stone: the hidden history of Jerusalem

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Here we have a dissenting Israeli view of the "Jerusalem problem." Although Benvenisti (Intimate Enemies, Univ. of California, 1995) is a Jew, born in the Holy Land, and past deputy mayor of Jerusalem ... Read full review

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Contents

The Quarry of History
1
The Mute Hills
50
Hallowed Ground
69
The Lord Mayor
106
Blueprint for Catastrophe
136
A Marketplace of Discord
169
Unraveling the Enigma
202
Seashells on the Jerusalem Shore
234
Index
265
Copyright

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Page 3 - Thus saith the Lord God unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan ; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

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About the author (1996)

Meron Benvenisti is a former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem and the author of numerous books, including Conflicts and Contradictions (1986) and Intimate Enemies: Jews and Arabs in a Shared Land (California, 1995).

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