8 episodes

In The Jerusalem Podcast, we speak with scholars, archeologists, religious leaders, and others to uncover the layers of memory, mystery and myth of Jerusalem. We explore: What is it that has drawn monarchs, madmen, and endless masses of people to Jerusalem for thousands of years? What makes this city holy to over half the world? This podcast is produced by The Philos Project in partnership with Polymath Innovations. The Philos Project is a global leadership community that promotes positive engagement in the Near East based on the ideas and values of the Hebraic tradition.

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In The Jerusalem Podcast, we speak with scholars, archeologists, religious leaders, and others to uncover the layers of memory, mystery and myth of Jerusalem. We explore: What is it that has drawn monarchs, madmen, and endless masses of people to Jerusalem for thousands of years? What makes this city holy to over half the world? This podcast is produced by The Philos Project in partnership with Polymath Innovations. The Philos Project is a global leadership community that promotes positive engagement in the Near East based on the ideas and values of the Hebraic tradition.

    Episode 1: The Foundation Stone

    Episode 1: The Foundation Stone

    In this episode, Dr. Timothy Dalrymple discusses the heart of Jerusalem: the Foundation Stone. Believed to be the location where creation began, the stone remains one of the most sacred places for Jews and Muslims alike.

    • 52 min
    Episode 2: The Deadliest Day

    Episode 2: The Deadliest Day

    In this episode, Dr. Timothy Dalrymple looks at the history of the Jewish people's suffering on the Ninth of Av – that is, the ninth day of the Hebrew calendar month – and how it has shaped the city of Jerusalem. The date commemorates many catastrophes that the Jewish people have faced throughout history, namely the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. 

    • 48 min
    Episode 3: The Hammer and the Anvil

    Episode 3: The Hammer and the Anvil

    In this episode, producer Dale Goldberg explores the story of the Maccabees, a group of Jewish freedom fighters who restored the holiness of Jerusalem and helped Jews regain their identity. He is joined by Professor Danny Schwartz, of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, who is a scholar of Jewish History.

    • 53 min
    Episode 4: The Herods and the Caesars

    Episode 4: The Herods and the Caesars

    In this episode, Dr. Timothy Dalrymple dives into the once strong alliance between the Houses of Herod and Caesar, and how both Houses navigated the swirling and intertwined chaos of politics and religion in Rome and Jerusalem. He also discusses the breakdown of this alliance, which led to visible scars on Jerusalem until today. He is joined by Jon Seligman of the Israel Antiquities Authority and archeologist Rafi Lewis of both the University of Haifa and Ashkelon Academic College.

    • 52 min
    Episode 5: The Mother of Christian Jerusalem

    Episode 5: The Mother of Christian Jerusalem

    In this episode, Dr. Timothy Dalrymple recounts the story of Helena, one of the most influential figures in establishing Christian holy sites throughout Jerusalem. He also takes listeners on an audio tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a site commissioned by her son Constantine the Great during his rule as Roman Emperor.

    • 56 min
    Episode 6: The Creation of Muslim Jerusalem

    Episode 6: The Creation of Muslim Jerusalem

    In this episode, Dr. Timothy Dalrymple explores Islam's ties to the city of Jerusalem. He discusses how a city with such strong Jewish and Christian ties became the third holiest site in Islam, and how Muslim influence persists in the city today. He also touches on the deep significance that the Dome of the Rock holds for Muslims throughout the world.

    • 50 min

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