Jerusalem


By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1987)


THE ORIGINS OF JERUSALEM AND ITS PLACE IN HISTORY

According to ancient tradition, Jerusalem was at first a small village known as Salem and inhabited by Canaanites, the ancestors of the Palestinians. A great and righteous Canaanite king turned his village into a city and called it Jerusalem. He also built a temple there. The tradition is recorded by the first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in his book, The Great Roman-Jewish War. Josephus writes:

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