Jerusalem temples to Jerusalem rocks before the coming of Islam

Authored by: Naomi Koltun-Fromm

Routledge Handbook on Jerusalem

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138936935
eBook ISBN: 9781315676517
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With the final devastating destruction of Jerusalem, its Temple and Jewish hegemony in Judaea, a new era began not only for the Land and the people who resided there, but for many Jews for whom Jerusalem and its Temple were significant, if only symbolically. For many others, around the Mediterranean, and even in the Galilee and Negev, north and south of Jerusalem, life remained more or less the same. This chapter will focus not on their day-to-day lives post-70 ce but on how the memory of the Temple, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount played into the imagination and theological outlooks of those who remained disconnected physically from the city and those who made the journey to Jerusalem as pilgrims, be they Jews, Christians or, after 638 ce, Muslims.

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