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Holy Fire : The Battle for Christ's Tomb - Victoria Clark

Holy Fire

The Battle for Christ's Tomb

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For more than a millenium Jerusalem has been a city of religious unrest: deeply sacred to Christians and Jews, and the third holiest place in Islam. Holy Fire takes a long look at the role that Western Christendom - from the Crusades to the creation of the state of Israel - has played in this turmoil. Returning repeatedly to the troubled city, Victoria Clark discovers that nowhere is this better encapsulated than in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over a Pagan temple on the alleged site of Christ's Cross and place of worship to an array of Christians of different sects, whose monks occupy their own carefully guarded territory, from chapel to crypt to rooftop. Taking the Church as a microcosm, Clark weaves theology, anecdote and the history of the region into a fluid and fascinating account of wider temporal power struggles wearing a gloss of faith - and at a time when we are more aware of these than ever.

ISBN: 9781405005289
ISBN-10: 1405005289
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 18th February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.1  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Unabridged