Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury Review

In the Jewish faith, Psalm 137 has the following lines:

“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her cunning]/ If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.”

The new six part CNN miniseries, Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury premiered last night. Over the course of the six episodes Sundays, the program tells the story of the city of Jerusalem via six key battles that changed the fate of the city and the region. Combining re-enactments with interviews with historians and Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars, the viewer is given a 360 degree picture of it’s past, it’s present, and perhaps, a glimpse of its future.

The first episode focused on the glory days of King Saul, King David, and the downfall of ancient Israel after the death of King Solomon. I enjoyed the first episode. If nothing else, it proved that humanity has not changed one bit. Externally, the world may look different, but inside, it is the same as it ever was. It is also, I think a pathway to understanding what has come before us so we can create a better world for future generations.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury airs on CNN on Sunday night at 10PM.

The Judgement Book Review 

Power, or the lack of it can sometimes send us in directions that we might not have taken otherwise. Especially when you are a woman living in a culture that sees you as chattel.

In the new book The Judgement by D.J. Niko,Nicaule is the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh. Though she loves one man, she is given in marriage to King Solomon, the new young King of Israel. It is love at first sight for Solomon. Blind to many things, including his wife’s anger, she will be one of the factors that tarnishes what once was a brilliant future.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. The concept of the narrative drew me in. Unfortunately my enthusiasm ended there. I finished the book, but it was not easy to finish.

Do I recommend it? No.

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