More than 250 full-color photographs complement a fascinating look at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most popular pilgrimage site in Christiandom, in a study that explores the Church's history, the various Christian communities associated with it, and its rich architectural developmen
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Some day I should like very much to visit Jerusalem. Until I do, I'll probably wear this book out. This is a history of Christendom's holiest shrine, the church built over what was believed to be the site of Jesus' burial and resurrection. This book contains the church's complete history along with some of the most spectacular photography of the church, its various communities, and its ceremonies that I've ever seen. Pricey, but I've never seen a better one. If you don't think you'll ever make a Jerusalem pilgramage, click on "Add to Shopping Cart" right now.
Though it impossible to get a true sense of a place through any book or picture, this collection of photos and detailed history presents the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in accessible, well thought out segments. I borrowed this book before visiting the church and found it useful as an introduction. After visiting, I had to return the book but I thought it so worthwhile, I bought my own copy.
Every Christian with a sense of the sacred and also historical sense--and that should be every Christian--would benefit from this book. It is even better than I expected. The photos are as beautiful and moving as advertised. Especially good are the essays showing the continuity of understanding about the historicity of the site of Christ's tomb. The text also explains the various positions of the Christian churches with possession or rights within the Sepulchre/Resurrection complex. The book also does not shy from the embarrassing fact that ancient divisions within orthodox Christianity continue to this day. How wonderful it would be if these divisions could be put aside, especially in light of the current cultural and religious onslaught against Christians. I recommend that the book be ordered through Daedalus books (beware--Daedalus the book catalog, not the kinky publisher) because Daedalus has it in stock at a much reduced price.
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