Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Three Abrahamic Religions


Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Three Abrahamic Religions analyzes the historical, social and theological factors which have resulted in Jerusalem being considered a holy place in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It also surveys the transmission of the religious traditions related to Jerusalem. This volume centralizes both the biblical background of Jerusalem’s pivotal role as holy place and its later development in religious writings; the biblical imagery has been adapted, rewritten and modified in Second Temple Jewish writings, the New Testament, patristic and Jewish literature, and Islamic traditions. Thus, all three monotheistic religions have influenced the multifaceted, interpretive traditions which help to understand the current religious and political position of Jerusalem in the three main Abrahamic faiths.

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Antti Laato, Ph.D. (1988), is Professor in Old Testament Exegetics and Judaic Studies at Åbo Akademi University. He has published monographs, edited volumes and written articles on the Hebrew Bible and its reception history, including the monograph The Origin of Israelite Zion Theology (Bloomsbury-Clark 2018).

Part 1 Hebrew Bible—Common Background

Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem A Religious Historical and Theological OverviewAntti Laato
Jerusalem as the Centre of Blessing in Isaiah 65–66 and 1 Enoch 26:1–2Stefan Green

Part 2 Early Judaism and New Testament

Sex and the City Evidence from the Dead Sea ScrollsJutta Jokiranta
Rival Visions of the Eschatological Temple of JerusalemJuho Sankamo
Jerusalem as Seen by Ancient Historians and in Luke-ActsLukas Bormann

Part 3 Patristic Literature

The New Jerusalem in TertullianAnni Maria Laato
Makarios’ Teaching about JerusalemMartin Tamcke
Liturgical Representations of Jerusalem in Eastern Christian TraditionsSerafim Seppälä
Two Daughters Competing for Christ Jacob of Sarug on Edessa and JerusalemCatalin-Stefan Popa

Part 4 Qurʾan and Early Islam

Islam and the Sanctity of JerusalemJaakko Hämeen-Anttila
The Status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem in the Prophetic TraditionsMustafa Abu Sway
The Last Roman Emperor, the Mahdī, and JerusalemIlkka Lindstedt

Part 5 Confrontations and Encounters in Modern Times

Jerusalem – Religious Meaning and PeacebuildingYvonne Margaretha Wang
With Faith, with Might or Both Two Contemporary Jewish Understandings of Exile and RedemptionMia Anderssén-Löf
General Index Index of Modern Authors
All interested to understand the spiritual meaning of Jerusalem for three Abrahamic faiths in religious and political context as well as in arts will find lot of interesting topics in this volume.
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