Knowing Jerusalem is knowing the World
I want to talk to you about the book “Jerusalem, the biography”, by Simon Sebag Montefiore, which
finds exhausted, I think, for some time.
I managed, however, to find him for sale in a second-hand bookshop, in a newspaper edition, divided into small paperbacks, which I am reading, with great enthusiasm and voracity, as I advance with his words.
First of all, I’m writing you about a book I haven’t finished reading yet.
The Author traces the entire history of the Holy City over the last millennium, with an extraordinary vision of a novelist and a filmmaker, as it almost seems that we see all the happenings happening, right in front of our eyes. Simon Sebag seems to have taken a camera, to show us how Jerusalem has been rebuilt and destroyed, time and time again.
I assure you that the reading is captivating, from the first page.
Jerusalem: a treasure that everyone claims
First, I highlight one of the passages in the book: “Jerusalem is the Holy City, but it has always been a den of superstition, quackery and hypocrisy; Jerusalem has been the target of greed and the prize of empires, but it is a city without any strategic value. It is home to the cosmopolitan headquarters of multiple sects, each of which considers that the city belongs exclusively to it”.
Reading the book throughout its pages will demonstrate just that.
A captivating read
What impressed me, right on the first pages of the book, is how the Author manages to grab the reader’s attention. Events happen at a speed, which allows us to understand the course of History and the entry of new warriors and conquerors, without going into details. We quickly realized that Jerusalem remains today, almost like a miracle, because the wild way in which it was destroyed, and its decimated population, could make it today, a corner of stones only interesting for archaeologists.
It’s good when miracles happen.
Jerusalem is a pile of heaps of empires, and the personality that made it their trophy. City in the middle of the desert, made of pebbles and at a considerable distance from the coast, it is impressive how its weak geostrategic value contrasts with its religious value.
A must read
For anyone who wants to know this corner of the planet, and the history of Jerusalem, this biography of Jerusalem, in the work of Simon Sebag, is a must-read. I’m only halfway through this fantastic story, but I felt I had to outline some observations about this book already. It was here that I discovered that Herod was not a Roman, only through citizenship. And, in one way or another, all the Roman emperors – especially those who reigned in the East – played a decisive role in the history of this city. It is due to Titus, the destruction of the Temple, as well as the human and cultural massacre he committed in this sacred place of the world. I was frankly impressed by the account of events, as was done by Simon Sebag.
In the midst of all this historical context, I understood better the importance of the entry of Jesus Christ into Humanity. In a world that, until that moment, did not know any kind of moral boundary (parents killed their children, women murdered their sisters, among all kinds of crimes), Jesus came to proclaim something that could change all this. I was scandalized by the murders that were committed, throughout the history of Jerusalem, and the religious schisms that its destruction caused.
More than we can imagine, Jerusalem changed the lives of each one of us.