Jerusalem’s Significance


The city of Jerusalem is significant in a number of ways to many Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It is holy for the three monotheistic religions because of the religious significant events that took place there. Although Jerusalem is unique, it’s important to why it’s significant to different types of religion.

Significance of Jerusalem to Jews

Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism and has been the spiritual homeland for Jewish people since the 10th century BCE. The city has become synonymous with hope and meaning for the Jewish life. Jewish people have studied and personalized the struggle by King David to capture Jerusalem and his desire to build a Jewish temple there. Many of King David’s yearnings about Jerusalem have been adopted into prayers and songs. According to the Hebrew Bible, the First Temple, at the site known as the Temple Mount today, was built by King Solomon and finished in 950 BC, and Mount Moriah is where Abraham almost sacrificed his son and talked to God. When the Babylonians captured the city in 580 BC, they destroyed the temple and sent the Jews into exile.

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Significance of Jerusalem to Christians

Jerusalem is of great importance to the life of Jesus. Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was brought as a child and presented at the Temple. Jesus preached and healed in Jerusalem. He Last Supper was held in this city as well as his arrest, his trial, his crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection and ascension. It’s very important to Christianity because he preached to the poor in his adult life and was crucified and resurrected by God. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is said to have been built over the location where the Jesus’ tomb was buried.

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Significance of Jerusalem to Muslims

Jerusalem is considered the sacred site in the Sunni Islamic tradition. Prophets were associated with the city and the Islamic prophet Muhammad visited the city on a nocturnal journey. Muhammad is believed by Muslims as the messenger of God, or Allah. He created the Abrahamic religion and the Dome of the rock is a sacred place in Jerusalem for Muslims. This is where Muhammad ascended into heaven and was given the five pillars of Islam from Allah. Part of Jerusalem’s significance and holiness to Muslims derives from its strong association with Abraham, David, Solomon, and Jesus.

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3 thoughts on “Jerusalem’s Significance

  1. I agree with everything about the significance of Jerusalem to Christians. In my family, we are Roman Catholic and we value Jerusalem greatly – my grandmother had her own version of a hajj (pilgrimage), but to Jerusalem and the Vatican. She tells me often that when she was little, her parents would tell her that they considered Jerusalem to be a spiritual center of the world and that it was the most important place she needed to go before she died. I don’t know if it was translated like that to other Christian families, but it seems like a journey to that beautiful city is a strong connection for Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

  2. I too was raised hearing a lot about Jerusalem. Both of my parents have been to Jerusalem for religious reasons and it has always interested me. I was brought up constantly hearing of what was going on in Israel so I mostly associated Jerusalem with Christianity because both of my parents were very strict Christians so it is very interesting to hear about the different religions that highly value this city because this is something that I didn’t hear much of until this year.

  3. This was a very useful post. It’s hard to understand the significance for each religion and how they differ, but you made it simple and easy to comprehend. I also find it amazing that such significant events happened in Jerusalem for each religion! It’s sad that there is such conflict surrounding Jerusalem now.

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