Jerusalem meaning

jə-ro͝osə-ləm, -zə-
A city divided between east-central Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Jerusalem was founded as far back as the fourth millennium bc and was ruled by the Canaanites, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Arabs, Crusaders, Turks, and British before being divided in 1949 into eastern and western sectors under Israeli and Jordanian control. In 1967, Israeli forces captured the eastern sector from Jordan, later declaring the city as a whole to be the capital of Israel. The legal status of Jerusalem, considered a holy city by Jews, Muslims, and Christians, remains fiercely disputed.
(place) Capital of Israel (the country) in the central part: divided (1948-67) between Israel & Jordan: since 1967 Israel holds entire city and environs.
proper name
The city located on in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea which is holy to Judaism (Temple of Solomon and the capital of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judea), Christianity (Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection), and Islam (Muhammad’s ascension to heaven).

Origin of jerusalem

  • From Late Latin Ierusalem, Hierusalem, from Latin Hierosolyma, from Ancient Greek Ἰερουσαλήμ (Ierousalēm), from Hebrew יְרוּשָׁלַיִם (Yerushalayim), from Western Semitic Urušalimmi (attested in Ancient Egyptian as [script?]), a compound of Semitic *uru "house, town" and *salim, which meant either "peace" or "Shalim, Canaanite goddess of twilight".

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