Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses and Crescents
Doubleday, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
ark Podwal writes of the Jerusalem sky in lyrical prose, alongside the vibrant hues of his textured, well-known paintings. The ancient city is home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and Podwal addresses the base beliefs of the three religions.
egend tells that King Solomon built a Temple while the rains held off for seven years (coming down only at night); the Bible tells of a shining star in the sky announcing the birth of Jesus. Islam's Muhammad is believed to have ascended to heaven '
on a stairway of light
'. The sounds of worshippers are heard from the surrounding landscape, and sent up from synagogues (
), churches (
), and mosques (
). Jerusalem has seventy names, and is called the
City of Peace
, though it has been torn apart and rebuilt seventeen times. Yet, every gust of wind, clouds in winter, springtime breezes, and summer rainbow '
is said to be born in the Jerusalem sky
odwal's book is inspirational and informative, saying '
people from everywhere ... gather in the city ... with prayers for peace and miracles, all addressed to one God, hope lights the Jerusalem sky
'. The author's statement, '
Perhaps possessing Jerusalem is like trying to own the sky
' is thought-provoking.
is a picture book for all ages.
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