Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Five Most Contested Sites in Jerusalem

What are the five most contested sites in Jerusalem?  How many of them do your religion students know?  Here's what CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor, Daniel Burke, argues are the most contested:
  1. The Temple Mount: It's here, inside the Dome of the Rock, that Abraham almost sacrificed his son, Issac, before an angel intervened.
  2. Haram al-Sharif: Muslims call the Temple Mount "Haram al-Sharif' or Noble Sanctuary. After completion of the Dome of the Rock, Muslims, soon after the death of the prophet, built the Al-Aqsa Mosque,which became a center of learning and attracted teachers from all over the world.
  3. The Western Wall: Located at the western foot of the Temple Mount,  is the last link to the temple that Solomon built.
  4. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Pictured below, the Church is the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. It is an important pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world.
  5. The Garden Tomb: Believed by some to be the site for the resurrection of Jesus.

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