Jerusalem has figured prominently in the world’s history. As a holy city of three major world religions, it has served as the flashpoint of religious, cultural, and political tensions. As the site of the Israelite temple, Jerusalem is central to both the geography and the theology of generations of Bible readers. How did Jerusalem emerge as an important theme of the Old Testament, and what are its modern interpretive implications?
The History of Jerusalem Collection carefully examines Jerusalem’s position in the text of the Old Testament, as well as its place in the history of biblical interpretation. Understanding Jerusalem’s past is fundamental to answering today’s questions about the reading and writing of the biblical tradition, and the theological implications for today. Contributors to this collection include an impressive list of noted scholars, such as Philip R. Davies, Lester L. Grabbe, Thomas L. Thompson, and more than a dozen others. In addition to a collection volume, this collection also contains books by Ingrid Hjelm and Ben C. Ollenburger. These contributors offer new perspectives on the archaeology, history, and biblical traditions of Jerusalem. They also examine the ethical, literary, historical, biblical, and theological traditions of today.