Holy Land Special
Where Modern Faith Was Born
Beckoning the faithful of three religions, Jerusalem forces all to worship on common ground. Throughout its tumultuous history, this coveted city has been a beacon—someday, the world prays, a shared beacon of peace.
In the Beginning
Ancestral humans settled in what is now Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Essay by Michael Balter.
The Rise of Three Faiths
The world's great monotheistic religions were born in a single, strip of land along the Mediterranean. Essay by Jeff Sheler.
Native Christians today are disappearing from the land where their faith was born. Video: Forgotten Faithful.
Long reviled as a villain, Herod was one of the most imaginative and energetic builders of the ancient world.
Amid a sea of conflict, the Sinai offers pleasure, spiritual refuge, and—potentially—harmony.