James Carroll’s new book about Jerusalem is as profound as his previous books. Indeed, in many ways, it is an amalgam of the major themes that he tackled in two of his previous nonfiction masterpieces, Constantine’s Sword, which outlined in no uncertain terms the history of Christian anti-Judaism and anti- Semitism, and House of War, which focused on the theme of war and violence in American history.Carroll is not your typical academic historian. On the contrary, he writes history with a distinctly personal point of view, about which he is upfront and clear from the beginning. In his introduction, he states succinctly: “I write as a Catholic, aiming to tell a full interfaith story, hoping that Jews, Protestants, Orthodox Christians and Muslims, as well as Israelis and Palestinians, will find themselves honestly represented here.”Carroll explains that since 1997 he has been a participant in the annual Theological Conference at the Shalom Hartman Institute (initially sponsored by the late Lutheran scholar Krister Stendahl and founded by Rabbi David Hartman) where he learned joint text study with Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars for more than a dozen years. I too have been a participant for many years in this unique conference, where among other intellectual treats, I have had the privilege and pleasure of getting to know Carroll. This is why I invited him – and he accepted – to give a preview of his book at a public lecture cosponsored by the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel and the Shalom Hartman Institute in mid-February at the end of the Theology Conference. This year, I was also be fortunate to study with him all week in our tripartite hevruta group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars.