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Description - End of Days by Gershom Gorenberg

"End of Days" is a study of the apocalyptic views and struggles between various religious groups, namely Jews, Christians and Muslims, over Jerusalem's Temple Mount, believed to be the key to salvation as the end of the world, the apocalypse, draws near. In this book, Gorenberg weaves a story that stretches from California churches to West Bank settlements, explaining why believers hope for the End, and why prominent American fundamentalists provide hard-line support for Israel, while looking forward to an apocalypse in which they expect Jews to die or else convert. He makes sense of the messianic fervor that has driven Israeli settlers to oppose peace, and describes the Islamic apocalyptic visions that cast Israel's actions in Jerusalem as diabolic plots. At the centre of this turmoil is the site known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Al Aqsa. Modern Jewish and Christian messianic activists have aspired to rebuild the Third Jewish Temple, each in fulfillment of different biblical prophecies.
Meanwhile, popular Muslim thinking holds that a Jewish desecration or destruction of Al Aqsa may also be a preliminary event to the apocalypse and the ultimate triumph of Islam. Ultimately, the site as described by Gorenberg, is the "single stage on which three different plays unfold...the final day beliefs of the world's major monotheistic faiths" and this book is an exploration of the different religious groups' struggle to reach a final resolution.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195152050
ISBN-10: 0195152050
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 315mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: OUP Australia and New Zealand
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Gershom Gorenberg

Gershom Gorenberg is an associate editor and columnist for The Jerusalem Report, a regular contributor to The New Republic and an associate of the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University. He lives in Jerusalem, where he has spent years covering the dangerous mix of religion and politics.

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