UNDER JERUSALEM: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City

Dec 16, 2021 7:00PM—8:00PM

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UNDER JERUSALEM: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City

A virtual book talk with author and journalist Andrew Lawler

Thursday, Dec. 16th | 7:00 PM ET

Presented by the JCA and Longfellow Books

Advanced registration required by Thursday 12/16 at 12 pm to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom link will be sent to registered participants on Weds., 12/15 and again on Thursday, 12/16.

In this sweeping account, journalist Andrew Lawler explores the complicated history of archaeological digs in Jerusalem. Ranging from imperialistic expeditions in the 19th century, when explorers competed in a “race to stake a claim to Jerusalem’s past” to the present day, Lawler’s colorful narrative includes aristocrats, scientists, charlatans, and clerics who sought to uncover the remnants of the ancient City of David, and tried to find the Ark of the Covenant, among other archaeological treasures. He vividly describes early explorers navigating mud- and sewage-laden tunnels to “recover the biblical secrets locked beneath the Holy City,” and incisively untangles the contentious geopolitical dimensions of ancient history as modern-day Israelis and Palestinians use archaeological analysis to bolster their political viewpoints and territorial claims. Richly detailed, sensitively argued, and entertainingly written, this immersive history casts Jerusalem in a new light and reveals the tensions that meet at the intersection of science, politics, religion, and history.

The book will be available to order from our friends at Longfellow Books: https://www.longfellowbooks.com/event/community-event-under-jerusalem-andrew-lawler