Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies
Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan, Israel

Jerusalem: Life Throughout the Ages in a Holy City

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17 Feb. 1997

Course Outline:

  1. Geography and Topography - Jerusalem Without Buildings. The Study of Jerusalem - Uncovering the Past, Understanding the Present
  2. From beginnings until David. The Bronze Age - Canaanites and Jebusites
  3. The First Temple Period. City of David, Ophel, Milo, Temple and Temple Mount, Walls and Water Installations
  4. The Second Temple Period - From the Restoration of Zion until Herod: The City of Ezra and Nehemiah, Hellenistic Times, Polis, Akra, Gymnasium, Hasmonean Building Projects, Walls, Upper City
  5. The Second Temple Period- From Herod until the Destruction of the Temple: Jerusalem the Magnificent, Temple and Pilgrimage, War and Destruction, Jerusalem as Jesus Knew It.
  6. Aelia Capitolina - Roman City: Bar-Kochba and Jerusalem, Building a Colonia, Walls, Fora, Temples, Soldiers and Gates
  7. Sancta Hierosolymitana - The Byzantine City: Churches, Monasteries and Christians in the Path of Jesus, Pilgrim City
  8. The Early Muslim Period: Mosques, Shrines, Palaces and Politics
  9. The Crusaders: Templum Domini, Templum Salomonis, Muristan, Fortifications, Churches, Monasteries, Monks and Knights
  10. Arabs and Turks: Temple Mount, Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian Quarters. Mameluke Architecture, The Walls of the City as We Know Them (Suleiman the Magnificent), Leaving the Walled City -The First neighborhoods Outside the Walls of the Old City
  11. The British Mandate (1917-1948) and the City Divided in Two (1948-1967) - Growth and Development: Neighborhoods, Wars, Jewish City, Arab City
  12. Jerusalem United: Growth and Development

Yisrael Shalem has an MA in Jewish History and Philosophy from the Hebrew University and at present is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Land of Israel Studies of Bar-Ilan University, and has also written a number of guides on various sites in Israel (some with Aviva Bar-Am). He is at present a Junior Research Fellow at the INGEBORG RENNERT CENTER FOR JERUSALEM STUDIES and in that capacity is writing a guide on the Old City of Jerusalem.
E-mail  :  Shalem <>

David Eisenstadt is Coordinator of Field Projects for the INGEBORG RENNERT CENTER FOR JERUSALEM STUDIES. He holds a BA in Jewish History from Brandeis University. He has served as a senior guide for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and edited its English language journal Ilan. He is completing an MA in the Department of Land of Israel Studies. David can be reached at 972-2-566-3533.

The INGEBORG RENNERT CENTER FOR JERUSALEM STUDIES of Bar-Ilan University is an inter-disciplinary center for the study of Jerusalem from ancient until modern times. It deals with the history, archaeology, geography, demography, economy and sociology of Jerusalem as well as with the study of all the religions relevant to the that city. The INGEBORG RENNERT CENTER FOR JERUSALEM STUDIES supports numerous research projects and numbers among its Fellows, Research Fellows and Corresponding Fellows outstanding scholars both in Israel and abroad.
The INGEBORG RENNERT CENTER also seeks to bring the message of Jerusalem to the public at large, both in Israel and abroad, to Jew and non-Jew. "Jerusalem: Life Throughout the Ages in a Holy City" is part of that effort.

Prof. Joshua Schwartz, Director