Transcending Jerusalem

The Book

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Disputes between Jews, Christians and Muslims have wounded the world. At the symbolic heart of the argument lies the city of Jerusalem, currently under Israeli occupation, but holy to all three faiths. Competitively loved in ages past, the city still seems to represent a principle of inherent discord and conflict.

In this book, Peter Stockton, from his perspective as a Muslim, reflects on this troubled history. Hurt by tribalism, idolatry, and human egotism, the city of David, Solomon, Jesus and Muhammad seems to lie at the epicentre of a cosmic drama. Stockton suggests that if Jerusalem is the heart of the world, and that the health of that heart lies only in fidelity to God, then understanding the meaning of the city, and finding grounds for hope and fear in its story, is nothing less than the key to the current predicament of God’s world. We must heal Jerusalem; but to do this, we must heal our hearts. And for this, the long story of the city’s travails offers precious and sobering counsel.

The book is now available to purchase in a much longer form.


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