Al-Ḥaram al-Šarīf: The Noble Santuary

Sitting on the summit of a hill in the old city of Jerusalem, and also known as the Dome of the Rock or the Temple Mount, this majestic house of prayer is one of the most venerated  places for Islam.  Tradition says that from here the Prophet Muhammad ascended into heaven.  Encased underneath the dome is the Foundation Stone, the representation of the encounter of Earth and Heaven for the Jews.  It is also here that the second Jewish Temple resided and where Abraham was commanded to sacrifice his son, Isaac (Gen. 22).

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Dr. Aquiles E. Martinez is Professor of Religion (Biblical Studies) and Coordinator of the Religion and Philosophy Programs at Reinhardt University. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Martinez has dedicated a good part of his life to equip pastors and church leaders in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, with the appropriate skills, knowledge, and experiences so they can serve their communities effectively. In addition to his many books, articles, and essays published in English and Spanish, Dr. Martinez has served several churches and the global community as an effort to help people develop significant relationships with God and their neighbors, especially with marginalized communities.
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