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The Holy City

1. For the Judeo-Christian tradition, Jerusalem is ‘The Holy City’ plain and simple, the center of the world and the most important pilgrimage location. Jews, Christians, and Muslims revere the city as a kind of showcase of divine revelation and salvation. As a ‘heavenly Jerusalem,’ it is a major symbol of religious longing, and a driving force of religious utopias. As an ‘ea…

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Meyer, Christof, “Jerusalem”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 19 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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