for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Jerusalem (1 of 3)

last tuesday evening (12th april), 10.00-11.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated 2.45am, monday 18th) (repeated from december 2011)
wellspring of holiness (presented by simon sebag montefiore) (1st of 3 weekly episodes in the jerusalem: the making of a holy city series)

“Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Jewish faith, it is the site of the Western Wall, the last remnant of the second Jewish temple. For Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the site of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For Muslims, the Al-Aqsa mosque is the third holiest sanctuary of Islam.
In episode one, author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore delves into the past to explore how this unique city came into being, explaining how it became of such major importance to the three Abrahamic faiths, and how these faiths emerged from the Biblical tradition of the Israelites.
Starting with the Canaanites, Simon goes on a chronological journey to trace the rise of the city as a holy place and discusses the evidence for it becoming a Jewish city under King David. The programme explores the construction of the first temple by Solomon through to the life and death of Jesus Christ and the eventual expulsion of the Jews by the Romans, concluding in the 7th century AD, on the eve of the capture of Jerusalem by the Muslim caliph, Umar ibn al-Khattab.”

(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017znj7)

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