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Title: Historical Atlas of Jerusalem
Author: Ben-Dov, Meir
Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2002
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780826413796
Volumes: 1; Pages: 400
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National Jewish Book Award 2002 Finalist
Five thousand years ago a few families settled on a low hill in present-day Israel that would in time be known as Jerusalem, City of David. For five millennia this relatively small site has been built and razed, developed and occupied by various forces: Cannanites, Egyptians, Israelites, Judaeans, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, and various Christian and Muslim groups.
Interest in Jerusalem's history, status, buildings and everyday life has never waned since King David made it his capital city three thousand years ago. Pilgrims, crusaders, and others visited the city, recording their impressions in writings and later in drawings, surpassing in number that of any other of the world's ancient cities.
With the birth of modern archeology, systematic research into the city's history began in the nineteenth century, with countless excavations carried out in the city and in its environs for one hundred years. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and particularly with the Old City coming under Jewish control in 1967, this activity greatly intensified. Suddenly the thirst for knowledge of a generation of Israeli scholars who knew the Old City solely from literature and observation from afar aroused a wave of archaeological activity unknown anywhere else in the world.
This volume aims to present a visual, pictorial history of Jerusalem from the most ancient records to the most up-to-date excavations. The narrative text is accompanied by hundreds of specially prepared drawings, maps, and photographs that illuminate every aspect of human settlement from topography, water sources, and agriculture to security, architecture, and historical sites from the Temples of Solomon, Nehemiah, and Herod to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Dome of the Rock.
Table of Contents
Chap. 1: Before the City Existed: First Steps
Chap. 2: Canaanite Jerusalem (3000-1000 B.C.E.)
Chap. 3: Jerusalem in the First Temple Period (1000-586 B.C.E.)
Chap. 4: Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period (538 B.C.E.-70 C.E.)
Chap. 5: Jerusalem-City of Legions (70-333)
Chap. 6: Jerusalem under the Cross: The Byzantine City (333-638)
Chap. 7: Jerusalem under the Muslim Crescent: Ancient Islam (638-1099)
Chap. 8: Jerusalem, Capital of the Crusader Kingdom (1099-1260)
Chap. 9: Jerusalem Restored to Islam: The Mamluks (1260-1515)
Chap. 10: Jerusalem under Ottoman Rule (1515-1917)
Chap. 11: Jerusalem under the British Mandate (1917-1948)
Chap. 12: Jerusalem Divided and Reunited (1948-1989)
Chap. 13: Jerusalem at the Threshold of the Third Millennium (1989-2000)