Shrines of Jerusalem

The Shrines of Jerusalem

Temple Mount, Holy Sepulchre, Second Temple

Temple Mount, Holy Sepulchre, Second Temple

Jerusalem is a city sacred to the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It was the site where David brought Israel’s ark of the covenant and Solomon built a temple to house it –– a temple destroyed by the Babylonians, rebuilt after the return from Babylonian exile, expanded by Herod, and destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. The site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial became in the fourth century under Constantine the martyrium and shrine of the resurrection (Anastasis) now incorporated in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Jerusalem soon became a pilgrimage destination, and other shrine churches were built on many sites associated with Jesus, including the Church of the Upper Room (Sion), Gethsemane, and the supposed site of the Ascension. After the Moslem conquest of Palestine in the seventh century, three major shrines were erected on the Temple Mount: the Dome of the Rock, the Dome of the Chain, and the al-Aqsa Mosque. This course will look at the tangled history of the three religions in Jerusalem and at the major monuments.


  1. February 1. An overview of this history of Jerusalem and archaeological work on Solomon’s temple, Christian Jerusalem, and the Moslem shrines on the temple mount. DVD
  2. February 8. The temple.
  3. February 22. The Christian shrines of Jerusalem. Powerpoint:  The Church of the Holy SepulchreThe Churches of Jerusalem.
  4. February 29. The Moslem shrines on the temple mount. Powerpoint. The Noble Sanctuary.



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