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Holy Fire: The Battle for Christ's Tomb

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An insightful look at the ?miracle? that has led to centuries of controversy and hostility within the Christian faith. Every year the ?miracle? of the Holy Fire is enacted in front of hundreds of the faithful at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the church built around the purported tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. For centuries, Orthodox Christian pilgrims have made the ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing (first published 2005)
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I chose this book because I was taking a trip to Israel and wanted to have some sort of background on the religious tension there. For the first few chapters I was frustrated with the book as I felt I wan't getting the information I wanted, but there was so much information. As I continued, I realised that this information was necessary to understand more recent events.
So much has happened in Israel, so many different religions and Victoria Clark does a superb job of tying them all together, or
The history was certainly interesting and I learned a lot from this book. People are appalling, and the US is full of big fat hypocrites. That's mostly what I've learned. Seriously, though, interesting discussion, although I found the author's transitional prose to be juvenile. Definitely good preparatory reading for a trip to the Holy Land.
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