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Author(s): Meyer, Christof
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 ‘earthly city,’ it was always the bone of contention when it came to claims of possession and power interests. Today it is claimed by two nations, Israeli and Palestinian, as their capital city. Jerusalem lies…