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The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount [Hardcover]

Gershom Gorenberg
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27 Jan 2001
Cain murdered Abel, says an ancient legend, in an argument over who would own the Temple Mount. That story summs up the passion aroused by the sacred real estate: the hilltop in Jerusalem where King David erected an alter, where Solomon and Herod built their temples, where the Dome of the Rock now stands, and where prominent leaders of America's Christian right insistently predict, the Third Temple will be built. The Temple Mount is a symbol, in the world of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, of the end of the world, and its fate is important to the preservation of peace in the volatile Middle East. This book explains the fascination, of fundamentalist, with the Mount and why it remains a catalyst for conflict. It also shows why the risks will increase after the year 2000, as prophesised dates for the End pass and believers look for a way to ensure that the End comes within the lifetime of those who saw the creation of the state of Israel.


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  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (27 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684871793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684871790
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,356,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gershom Gorenberg is a senior editor and columnist at THE JERUSALEM REPORT, a regular contributor to THE NEW REPULIC and coauthor of SHALOM, FRIEND: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF YITZHAK RABIN. He grew up in California and since 1977 has lived in Jerusalem.

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MELODY, THE COW that could have brought God's kingdom on earth, or set the entire Middle East ablaze, or both, depending on who you ask, has her head stuck between the gray bars of the cowshed and is munching hay and corncobs. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of work is man... 12 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
A thoroughly diverting read - and a 'fundamentally' deadly serious one. If you approach this book without a prior agenda (unlike certain reviewers) you should find secular Jew Gorenberg a thoroughly engaging companion and guide to the wilder byways of three faiths. What a glorious collection of kooks (including the rabbis Kook, father and son, and the brothers Elboim). What hath God wrought, indeed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timely plea for relativism and humility 14 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback
Deciphering the signs pointing to all-out war in the Middle East is the passionate purpose of this book, which analyzes the motivations of fundamentalist and evangelical Christians who support Israel in its struggles against the Palestinians in general and in its often violent disputes over the Temple Mount in particular because their literal interpretations of Scriptural passages lead them to believe that these current events represent enactments of the "Endtime" in which the Messiah will reappear and perform the Final Judgment. A decidedly unbenign corollary of such beliefs, of course, is the expectation that the majority of Jews will be killed during the ensuing Armageddon, and that only the few who convert in time will join the ranks of true believers who enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In tracing these volatile beliefs, summarized under the rubric of "dispensational premillennialism," along with the parallel convictions of Jewish messianists and the unswerving commitments of Muslims to the defense of the sacred precincts on the Mount, Gershom Gorenberg contrasts the literalism with which a "political arrangement over thirty-five acres," the area of the Temple Mount, "is described as a cosmological defeat of light by darkness" - i.e., an accommodation preventing the destroyed Temple's rebuilding, an essential precondition to fulfillment of the Doomsday scripts of both Christian and Jewish fundamentalists - with the moderate evangelicals' rejection of the Crusades as a betrayal of Jesus, who "saw the image of God in every person he met. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening read 21 July 2014
By Ash
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One of the most eye opening and educational books i have ever read on this conflict. Before i read this book i had a one sided opinion. That of a Muslim. Once i read this book i was enlightened and learned that there are those of us that believe in eternal life and those that believe in the life and death from a religious view point. An amazing read full of so much content and unbiased view points.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is real horror 3 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very engaging book, describing real recent historical events coupled with the rise of fundamentalism and fanaticism. So you thought the fundamentalism is one and the same with Islam and Muslims? Read On!!!!
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