With a fascinating past and turbulent present, Jerusalem is a city like no other.
From its founding 6,000 years ago to the present day, Jerusalem has gripped the hearts of the faithful worldwide. Thousands of books have been written about its religious significance and history. Now, you too will have the opportunity to explore what lies beneath the city’s streets, homes, and shops. In this course, you will learn about the Holy City’s history, its spiritual significance, the treatment of the city in the Bible, and archaeological discoveries throughout the city.
Believers in the One God, whether they are Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, consider Jerusalem a sacred place. Under the guidance of Fr. Leslie J. Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph.D., an expert on the Holy Land, you will look at Jerusalem’s special status in these religions. You will also explore the centrality of the city in the Hebrew Bible, which provides the basis for the city’s uniqueness, and in the New Testament.
In addition to examining the Holy City’s story through sacred literature, you will also discover its rich history by exploring the archaeology of the city. If you are interested in the contemporary issue of Jerusalem’s political status, this series will broaden your horizons.
The story of the city and its people over the millennia is a fascinating study of the human spirit in seeking an experience of the Divine.
We recommend the richly illustrated video version of this course.
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About Your Presenter
Leslie J. Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph.D., is a Franciscan friar and leading expert on the Holy Land. The Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union, he has written several books on the Holy Land, Old Testament theology, and archeology, including The Holy City: Jerusalem in the Theology of the Old Testament (Michael Glazier Books), What Are They Saying about Biblical Archaeology? (Paulist Press), The Synagogues and Churches of Ancient Palestine (The Liturgical Press), and A Guide to the Lands of the Bible (The Liturgical Press). He has led pilgrimages through Jerusalem, where he also served as a visiting professor to the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum and as academic director of CTU’s Israel Study Program.
After completing studies for ordination and receiving an M.A. in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in 1971, Fr. Hoppe was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. He received a Ph.D. in Religion from Northwestern University in 1978, and he has previously served on the faculties of Aquinas Institute of Theology and Mundelein Seminary.
Fr. Hoppe is active in several professional organizations including the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association of America. He has been on the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and The Bible Today, and he has also served as the general editor of The Bible Today. Fr. Hoppe has served the Franciscans as a member of the Assumption Province Council, as Provincial Vicar, and most recently as Provincial Minister.
- Jerusalem: The Story of the City
- Next Year in Jerusalem: The City’s Status in Judaism
- The Holy Places: Jerusalem’s Status in Christianity
- Al-Quds: Jerusalem’s Status in Islam
- God’s Holy Mountain: Jerusalem in the Book of Psalms
- Daughter Zion: Jerusalem in the Book of Isaiah
- “The Lord Is Our Justice”: Jerusalem in the Book of Jeremiah
- The Place Where the Lord Will Make His Name Dwell: Jerusalem in the Deuteronomic Tradition
- The New and Heavenly Jerusalem: The Apocalyptic Tradition
- “From Jerusalem to the Ends of the Earth”: Jerusalem in the New Testament
- The Archeology of Jerusalem
- Jerusalem Today