Excellent, Ilene Cooper, Young Adult, Temple Mount, Noble Sanctuary, Middle East, Jerusalem, Israel, Religion, Islam, Christianity, Judaism

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Book Review


A rough stone enshrined in a golden dome connects three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Why is it so important? Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the stone and its presence in temples and mosques figure prominently in stories about Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, David, Solomon, Alexander the Great, Jesus Christ, Constantine, and Muhammad. For thousands of years, the rock has survived through war and peace, destruction and reconstruction atop what is known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Christians or the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims. Enter the legendary and true history up to the present day of people vying for possession of one of the world’s most sacred spaces.