No other city in history has so many names, designations, and honorifics as the Holy City of Jerusalem. That alone reflects the importance of Jerusalem in the biblical past, in different cultures, across generations. This series introduces the Hebrew Biblical names of the City of David. Unfortunately, the meanings of the Hebrew titles often get lost in translation. The names of Jerusalem also illuminate why the biblical city is so controversial.
“Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David settled! Add year to year and let your cycle of festivals go on. Yet I will besiege Ariel; she will mourn and lament, she will be to me like an altar hearth.“ (Isaiah 29:1-2)
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