By Eric H. Cline

"Jerusalem Besieged is an interesting account of ways and why a baffling array of peoples, ideologies, and religions have fought for a few 4 thousand years over a urban with no both nice wealth, dimension, or strategic value. Cline courses us during the baffling, yet consistently bloody, array of Jewish, Roman, Moslem, Crusader, Ottoman, Western, Arab, and Israeli fights for ownership of any such symbolic prize in a fashion that's either scholarly and engaging."
-Victor Davis Hanson, Stanford collage; writer of The different Greeks and Carnage and Culture

"A fantastically lucid presentation of 4 thousand years of heritage in one quantity. Cline writes essentially as an archaeologist-avoiding polemic and supplying proof for any spiritual claims-yet he has additionally included a lot journalistic fabric into this examine. Jerusalem Besieged will enlighten someone drawn to the background of army clash in and round Jerusalem."
-Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, Virginia army Institute

"This groundbreaking examine deals a desirable synthesis of Jerusalem's army historical past from its first profession into the fashionable period. Cline amply deploys basic resource fabric to enquire attacks on Jerusalem of each kind, beginning on the sunrise of recorded historical past. Jerusalem Besieged is important for framing the modern scenario within the heart East within the context of a truly lengthy and pertinent history."
-Baruch Halpern, Pennsylvania nation University

A sweeping heritage of 4 thousand years of fight for keep an eye on of 1 city

"[An] soaking up account of archaeological heritage, from the traditional Israelites' first conquest to present day moment intifada. Cline essentially lays out the attention-grabbing background in the back of the conflicts."
-USA Today

"A excitement to learn, this paintings makes this crucial yet advanced topic fascinating."
-Jewish e-book World

"Jerusalem Besieged is an interesting account of ways and why a baffling array of peoples, ideologies, and religions have fought for a few 4 thousand years over a urban with out both nice wealth, dimension, or strategic value. Cline publications us in the course of the baffling, yet constantly bloody, array of Jewish, Roman, Moslem, Crusader, Ottoman, Western, Arab, and Israeli fights for ownership of the sort of symbolic prize in a way that's either scholarly and engaging."
-Victor Davis Hanson, Stanford college; writer of the opposite Greeks and Carnage and Culture

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Several attacks were made on Jerusalem itself by northern rulers during the ninth and eighth centuries BCE. An Attack Here, An Attack There . . The reported attacks on Jerusalem during the ninth and eighth centuries BCE are known only from the Hebrew Bible and have yet to be corroborated by any other source.

Pleas for help drafted by the king of Ugarit, the largest and most prosperous seaport in northern Syria, went unheard, as his clay tablet lay in the baking kiln, un‹red and unsent, when Ugarit was violently destroyed about the year 1186 BCE. “My father, the enemy ships are already here,” he had written to the king of Cyprus on the unsent tablet. He continued: “they have set ‹re to my towns and have done very great damage in the country. . Consider this, my father, there are seven enemy ships that have come and done very great damage.

So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king’s house; he took away everything. He also took away the shields of gold which Solomon had made . . 7 However, the The End of the Beginning 39 Map 5. The kingdoms of Israel and Judah detailed inscription of the campaign seems not to mention the city of Jerusalem, and the Chronicler’s tale is unsubstantiated by any other contemporary accounts. Thus, while many biblical scholars accept the account of Shishak’s attack on Jerusalem and the looting of the treasures of the Temple and palace, others have suggested that only a part of this tale can be believed.

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