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kevin-arnold's picture
Oct.15.2011
  In the photograph I am in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  If you look carefully you can see my hand is in a hole; the hole which, according to legend, held the cross on which Christ was crucified.  I am in the heart of Jerusalem, steps from the Western (“Wailing”) Wall.  We...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.07.2011
One, it is a sacred wooden chest. Two, it was made by the tribes of Israel a long, long time ago, well before Christianity. Three, the Israelites made it because the Lord told Moses to tell them to make it. Four, it contained the law (the ten commandments). Five, it was kept in the first temple and...
suellen-ocean's picture
Sep.06.2011
Over a thousand years ago, groups of Germans set out for the Holy Land because they believed the end of the world was coming. (I guess Jerusalem might be considered the place to be if there was going to be some kind of rapture). They sent scouts to Jerusalem and when the scouts came back shaking...
suellen-ocean's picture
Aug.10.2011
The Jews may have formed fraternities early on, but by the time Christianity came to Europe, many fraternities morphed into "trade guilds", which Jews were then excluded from, which is why many Jews have become proficient in occupations like banking and finance. But, a secret society,...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jul.21.2011
I’ve tried to do everything the characters in my books do. I’ve roamed the alleys of Bethlehem’s refugee camps. I’ve had clandestine meetings with gunrunners in Gaza. I’ve risked diabetes to eat syrupy Palestinian desserts and made them key to the plot of “The Samaritan’s Secret.” I learned piano...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jun.16.2011
The New York Times ran a travel article last weekend about things to do in Jerusalem during the Jewish Sabbath when most things are shut. The article was fairly typical of shorter travel writing in that all the experiences described were unlikely to surprise anyone. Eat hummus at the restaurants....
robert-earle's picture
May.19.2011
A few years ago, traveling back and forth from Washington to Iraq, I was stuck in Amman because it was too dangerous to fly into Baghdad. This offered me the opportunity to visit the so-called Baptismal site on the River Jordan and have a look at a scene I was developing in THE MAN CLOTHED IN LINEN...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
May.18.2011
Crime novelists generally write a novel a year. It’s what publishers want. Some big writers—and I mean, 25 million books sold—have told me their publishers and agents complain that if they don’t produce a book a year their readers will forget them. In the case of such writers, some of those 25...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Apr.15.2011
Some people are always expecting or hoping for a war. They’re even working towards that end. When you live in the Middle East, you come to such a realization eventually.Most people are like me, however. The wars sneak up on them. They notice the signs, then they bury them because they think they’re...
talia-carner's picture
Mar.27.2011
Unlike my previous novels, set in places I had merely glimpsed, with characters that were entirely fictional—albeit quite alive in my own head—JERUSALEM MAIDEN was inspired by my grandmother and her untapped artistic genius. Born in Jerusalem, my grandmother Esther was an astonishingly gifted...