Jerusalem: The Promised Land, by Matthew Rauner

A Dilemma of Biblical Proportions

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Jerusalem’s religious importance and history of conflict make it a city of global importance. Jews, Christians, and Muslims all find Jerusalem a homeland and a holy city (Macintyre 11). Their different beliefs, however, make it impossible for the three groups to share and govern the land peacefully. It is the timelessness of this “Promised Land” that drives religious conflicts in the area. Jerusalem is the birthplace of monotheism, and the 50 square miles that have defined the Middle East as well as the western world for thousands of years.