The Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity

Produced by Voice of America News, a U.S. government-funded international multimedia agency, this video (04:00) explores the significance of Jerusalem in Christianity as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, home to sacred sites, such as the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and, ultimately, as the birthplace of Christianity. Despite mention of the current and historical conflicts over the city, interviews with pilgrims and biblical scholars attribute the struggle for Jerusalem as testament to the city’s spiritual importance, claiming that Christians today have no political stake in the city, and simply seek to worship at their holy sites.