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This documentary tells the story of the world's most incredible city, capturing the rich mosaic of the city's Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities. Covering a history of over 4,000 years, the film explores the founding of the city; the birth and convergence of the world's three major monotheistic religions; and the key events in Jerusalem's history as described in the varied religious sacred books.
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This program is one of the best documentary style products that I have viewed for presenting some of the thorny issues that exist between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It guides the viewer through...Read complete review

This program is one of the best documentary style products that I have viewed for presenting some of the thorny issues that exist between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It guides the viewer through the past and the present to take a closer look into those world religions and the political, cultural, ethnic, religious, and social customs associated with the interaction of these three monotheistic sisters.

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many mistakes

There are too many mistakes, misstatements, partial misstatements and misquotes to cover in a review but
With only a 25000 character limit on reviews, I'll just show one:
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There are too many mistakes, misstatements, partial misstatements and misquotes to cover in a review but
With only a 25000 character limit on reviews, I'll just show one:

PBS : "there are two different accounts of the Assyrian attempt to invade Jerusalem; take your choice of which you want to believe …"
This is not correct.

There are three accounts and all three are in agreement.
All three accounts agree that 185,000 Assyrians were killed by the angel of God.

The first account is found in 2 Kings 19:35.
The second account is found in 2 Chronicles 32:21.
The third account is found in Isaiah 37:36.

In fact the writers of the 2 Kings account refer the reader to the account given in 2 Chronicles for more details,
and the writers of the 2 Chronicles account refer the reader to both the 2 Kings account and the account given by Isaiah.
King Hezekiah's evil father King Ahaz of Judah was paying the Assyrians protection tribute (present) to help him in various wars against Israel, Syria, the Philistines and the Edomites; (see 2 Kings 16:7-9 and 2 Chronicles 28:16, 20.)
It appears that Tig'lath–pile'ser helps Ahaz king of Judah at least once against the Syrians, but then turned on him, i. e.; payment only but no help. (see 2 Chronicles 28:20.)
When Hezekiah succeeded his father to the throne of Judah, Hezekiah failed to pay the Assyrians their protection tribute,
so the Assyrians came up and invaded all of Judah's cities of defense. (see 2 Kings 18:13)
Note that this same thing happened to Hoshea King of Israel,
and shows that the Assyrians probably expected this tribute to be paid every year, (see 2 Kings 17:4)
Hezekiah then apologized and promptly paid up. (see 2 Kings 18:14-16)
Then Hezekiah rebelled again against the Assyrians (see 2 Kings 18:20) but this time he makes the decision to call on God to fight the Assyrians. (see 2 Kings 18:20, 22; 19:15, 19, 20)
God answers Hezekiah's prayer and sends Isaiah to tell Hezekiah:

2 Kings 19
06 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD,
Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard,
with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
07 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor,
and shall return to his own land;
and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria,
He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there,
nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.
33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return,
and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake,
and for my servant David's sake.

The first account:
2 Kings 19
35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out,
and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand:
and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
36 So Sennach'erib king of Assyria departed,
and went and returned, and dwelt at Nin'eveh.
37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god,
that Adram'melech and Share'zer his sons smote him with the sword:
and they escaped into the land of Armenia.
And Esar–had'don his son reigned in his stead.

The second account:
2 Chronicles 32
21 And the LORD sent an angel,
which cut off all the mighty men of valor,
and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria.
So he returned with shame of face to his own land.
And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.
22 Thus the LORD saved Hezeki'ah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
from the hand of Sennach'erib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

The third account:
Isaiah 37
36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth,
and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand:
and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
37 So Sennach'erib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nin'eveh.
38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god,
that Adram'melech and Share'zer his sons smote him with the sword;
and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esar–had'don his son reigned in his stead.

Another error in this video is:

PBS : ". . . Cyrus, king of Persia used a different approach or a carrot on a stick strategy . . ."
This not correct.

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2.0

many mistakes

By David

from Amarillo, TX

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Comments about PBS Jerusalem: Center of the World DVD:

There are too many mistakes, misstatements, partial misstatements and misquotes to cover in a review but
With only a 25000 character limit on reviews, I'll just show one:

PBS : "there are two different accounts of the Assyrian attempt to invade Jerusalem; take your choice of which you want to believe …"
This is not correct.

There are three accounts and all three are in agreement.
All three accounts agree that 185,000 Assyrians were killed by the angel of God.

The first account is found in 2 Kings 19:35.
The second account is found in 2 Chronicles 32:21.
The third account is found in Isaiah 37:36.

In fact the writers of the 2 Kings account refer the reader to the account given in 2 Chronicles for more details,
and the writers of the 2 Chronicles account refer the reader to both the 2 Kings account and the account given by Isaiah.
King Hezekiah's evil father King Ahaz of Judah was paying the Assyrians protection tribute (present) to help him in various wars against Israel, Syria, the Philistines and the Edomites; (see 2 Kings 16:7-9 and 2 Chronicles 28:16, 20.)
It appears that Tig'lath–pile'ser helps Ahaz king of Judah at least once against the Syrians, but then turned on him, i. e.; payment only but no help. (see 2 Chronicles 28:20.)
When Hezekiah succeeded his father to the throne of Judah, Hezekiah failed to pay the Assyrians their protection tribute,
so the Assyrians came up and invaded all of Judah's cities of defense. (see 2 Kings 18:13)
Note that this same thing happened to Hoshea King of Israel,
and shows that the Assyrians probably expected this tribute to be paid every year, (see 2 Kings 17:4)
Hezekiah then apologized and promptly paid up. (see 2 Kings 18:14-16)
Then Hezekiah rebelled again against the Assyrians (see 2 Kings 18:20) but this time he makes the decision to call on God to fight the Assyrians. (see 2 Kings 18:20, 22; 19:15, 19, 20)
God answers Hezekiah's prayer and sends Isaiah to tell Hezekiah:

2 Kings 19
06 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD,
Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard,
with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
07 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor,
and shall return to his own land;
and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria,
He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there,
nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.
33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return,
and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake,
and for my servant David's sake.

The first account:
2 Kings 19
35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out,
and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand:
and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
36 So Sennach'erib king of Assyria departed,
and went and returned, and dwelt at Nin'eveh.
37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god,
that Adram'melech and Share'zer his sons smote him with the sword:
and they escaped into the land of Armenia.
And Esar–had'don his son reigned in his stead.

The second account:
2 Chronicles 32
21 And the LORD sent an angel,
which cut off all the mighty men of valor,
and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria.
So he returned with shame of face to his own land.
And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.
22 Thus the LORD saved Hezeki'ah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
from the hand of Sennach'erib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

The third account:
Isaiah 37
36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth,
and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand:
and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
37 So Sennach'erib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nin'eveh.
38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god,
that Adram'melech and Share'zer his sons smote him with the sword;
and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esar–had'don his son reigned in his stead.

Another error in this video is:

PBS : ". . . Cyrus, king of Persia used a different approach or a carrot on a stick strategy . . ."
This not correct.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

City of God

By Mitch

from Rockwood Tennessee

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Comments about PBS Jerusalem: Center of the World DVD:

This was a very enlightening video on the holy city, one I will watch again and again and I knoe you will love it to.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jerusalem, center of the world

By Eddie the owl's wisdom

from San Diego, CA

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Comments about PBS Jerusalem: Center of the World DVD:

A truly great DVD covering all aspects of the city of Jerusalem, from ancient to modern times , that shows the important role the city still plays in the political and social areas of the middle east today.
Also the film highlights the situation that the three major religious that share a role with that city, today. This city has been a flash point in political and religious events for centuries and will be so in the coming years as well, this film shows the need that city plays in those areas, and finally the film shows the need this city in world peace, because of current events in the Islamic world and the western reaction to it , this city can be a excellent example of two religious groups living in harmony and peace, a hopeful better future time.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Jerusalem

By Blue

from Florida

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Comments about PBS Jerusalem: Center of the World DVD:

Good overview about Jerusalem.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A definite keeper!

By Kool Kat

from Yonkers, NY

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Comments about PBS Jerusalem: Center of the World DVD:

The video does an excellent job of relating the history of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and their connections to Jerusalem and it's surroundings. Present day views of significant locations tie everything together, showing that the religions have much in common, but also helping understand their many differences.

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