Week 2 Reading Response.docx - Professor Jeremy Smoak TA Timothy Garrett AN N EA 10W – Jerusalem Holy City 12 April 2018 Week 2 Reading Response Some

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Professor Jeremy Smoak, TA Timothy Garrett AN N EA 10W – Jerusalem: Holy City 12 April 2018 Week 2 Reading Response Some of the early stories that defined Jerusalem’s sacred character would be how Mount Zion served as a location in which people could feel closer to the heavens and, spiritually, people felt it was the highest point. The location of the city was chosen because it felt sacred to the people and how the land seemed to feel as if it was the center of the world. The people of Ugarit also celebrated the triumphs of Baal atop Mount Zion. The city of Jerusalem and Mount Zion were seen as a part of Baal’s heritage and domain, which made the people feel as if the land of the city was sacred. Baal had been enthroned atop Mount Zion and held significance to the people because of this. Later on, when David conquers the city he has the Ark of the Covenant to the city after God allowed it to be transported there. The most sacred and important object of
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Unformatted text preview: David’s people had been moved into the city, which instantly made the city much more sacred. Biblical writers drew upon the geography by describing the terrain in which the city was formed, which was between valleys and on highlands with Mount Zion being a focal point. Jerusalem provided several geographical advantages to its inhabitants. An example would be its location as it was not on the major highways of trade in the Middle East, like the Watershed Highway, and any potential visitors would have to stray far away from the main routes to reach Jerusalem. This was a defensive advantage as any potential invaders would have to go out of their way specifically in order to invade Jerusalem. The valleys that surround the city also made it an easily defensible location. People chose to live there because of the sacredness of the location....
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