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Jerusalem: The Eternal City

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Shadow Mountain
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Feb 24, 2008 Taressa rated it it was amazing
I have read this book twice... and I probably need to read it two more times before I fully digest it all. Understanding the history of Jerusalem, the culture of the Jews, and the rich symbolism found throughout its' history gave my a clearer understanding of the Old Testament and how it relates to other scripture.
This is a really interesting book about the history and future of Jerusalem - from a political and religious perspective. I enjoyed it and understood more than other books I've read about the history of the area. I think it helped that it was told from the LDS perspective that I'm most familiar with, but I felt like it did a good job of explaining the beliefs and history of all sides.

I have an increased appreciation for Jerusalem and Israel and want to study and learn more. I have respect for e
Dec 25, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it
I really liked this book a lot. There were some definite gaps in my knowledge about Jerusalem and it history. In fact, the gaps were pretty big. I really liked the LDS commentary on the history of Jerusalem (e.g., how the Sicarii -- a group that the authors link to the downfall of Jerusalem to the Romans shortly after Christ died -- were very much like the Gadianton Robbers, how Nephi both prophesied about and condemned the Crusades, and how the gathering of Jews to Jerusalem began to really gai ...more
Jacob Lines
Apr 04, 2015 Jacob Lines rated it really liked it
Three Mormon scholars of history and religion, all of whom have lived in Jerusalem, tell the story of Jerusalem through that ages and into the future. This is an excellent look at the history and future of Jerusalem from a Latter-day Saint perspective. It covers Jerusalem from Old Testament times through to the modern age, explaining all of its ups and downs, the conquests and captivities and different rulers. It explains its importance to Jews, to Christians, and to Muslims. It also gives an ev ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Marci rated it really liked it
I just finished this book. I thought it covered everything that I could possibly want to know about Jerusalem, and yet, I was sorry it didn't go on and cover the rest of the 90s and the opening 2000s--I wish I had an update! I loved learning the political history. It was very, very informative and gave what I thought was a balanced overview of the religious and political differences that make Near East peace such an elusive accomplishment. I would like to know what bearing the more recent terror ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
I had the chance to visit Israel and spent some time in Jerusalem when I was a student at BYU. I can't wait to go back with my husband and children someday. This book fills a wonderful niche (Jerusalem from an LDS perspective), and does a great job of explaining the current political issues without too much bias (not bending-over-backwards pro-Israeli). It made me think a lot about the Dome of the Rock, and how it will/might come into play during the milennium. Mostly, because a third (#1 Solomo ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing
A very comprehensive book (590 pages) detailing the history, the present, and the future of Jerusalem. The latter part is written from an LDS viewpoint, with chapters about the Orson Hyde Garden and the BYU Jerusalem Center. The authors give a rich and detailed history up to the present day, (1996). Leaders, wars, controversies, and more wars are all described in the book. While I didn't read the whole book, I did read in each of the chapters. A very detailed chapter of how the BYU Jerusalem Cen ...more
Summer Larson
Oct 18, 2010 Summer Larson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereading
This was a very interesting and informative book. I didn't read it in order, I picked the chapter that was most interesting to me at the moment starting with the 19th century moving back to the time of Melchezedek then back to the 20th century and beyond then filled in what I had missed. It answered many questions I had, particularly in relation to the forming of the state of Israel and the timeline of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but left me with one burni ...more
Gloria Evans
Aug 20, 2008 Gloria Evans rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all who are interested in Jerusalem and it's history
Recommended to Gloria by: I've heard about it
Fantastic book. I greatly enjoy reading it. Very informative and very well documented.

I am still reading this book. I'm almost half way through. There is a lot to understand and absorb. There are also a lot of Jewish, Hebrew, Old Hebrew, Arabic words and meanings translated into English. I highly recommend this book if you want to know more about God's relationship to His people and ourselves.
Dec 30, 2010 goddess rated it liked it
Shelves: history, own
Perhaps it was a lack of background knowledge on my part, but some of this book was difficult to regards to putting all the pieces together. It's like I felt some of it could have been spelled out better. Several sections were informative, however, and gave me much to ponder. This has been a decent source in helping me prep for my trip to the Holy Land.
Aug 10, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
I loved that this book gave a 4000 year history in concise terms and in a way that I was still able to make it through. It spent more time in the first 2000 years (in terms of pages) than in the last 2000 years. I was glad it wasn't like "chewing sawdust" like some history books are. And I appreciated the times when the authors pointed out significant, prophetical events.
Apr 26, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
I learned so much by reading this book. Really got into it after visiting Israel in April 2011. The politics got a little much, but there again, there is not good solution to the problem. I recommend this book to anyone going to Jerusalem.
Feb 20, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
this is a great book that traces the history of Jerusalem and backs it with scripture. gives a great overview of how the city walls changed over time -- really gave me a great overview in preparation for trip to Israel.
Jan 22, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
I read this a while ago in preparation for my trip to Israel. It was very helpful and provided me with essential historical background to prepare to get even more out of actually being there. Very good work by Ogden and Galbraith!
Nov 02, 2010 Shelly rated it really liked it
Reads like a textbook. Which was fine with me but it is not meant for beach reading if you catch my drift.
Aug 19, 2012 Cassi rated it really liked it
Interesting look at the history of the conflict in the Holy Lands from an LDS perspective. Very well researched and written.
Apr 14, 2008 Meiken rated it it was amazing
Very good book....
Ernie Dawson
Aug 04, 2010 Ernie Dawson rated it it was amazing
This is a great book.
Austin Robertson
Jul 31, 2012 Austin Robertson rated it really liked it
Fascinating journey about all the peoples that have called Jerusalem their home. So who's is it?
Debbie Stockett
Feb 23, 2011 Debbie Stockett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolute favorites!!!
Sep 21, 2008 Evelyn rated it really liked it
Well researched/documented historical and religious review of the rise and fall of Jerusalem through time. Easy to read for all the info included
Jun 03, 2008 Robert rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Carol Thomas
I thought this book was excellent, and not too long like some of the others that cover the history of the Holy Land.
Robb Menlove
Jun 22, 2012 Robb Menlove rated it really liked it
An excellent resource for anyone interested in the Holy Land. Not a, "Oh that looks like a fun read," kind of book, but a must have to any scholar on the history of the land.
Jan 22, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Okay, enjoyed this, but got bogged down in all the politics at the end. Definitely a good history-type read. The first parts up to the last century or so were fascinating to read
Heidi Johnson
Sep 03, 2010 Heidi Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
Great insights into the historical significance of the most important religious city in the world.
Sep 11, 2012 Nadine rated it it was amazing
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Feb 07, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2009 Lora marked it as to-read
cant wait to get into this book!
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