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by Doug Hershey
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Through Hershey’s network of contacts in the region, he and world-renowned adventure-travel and extreme-sports photographer and filmmaker Edden Ram (GoPro, Lufthansa, Columbia, Billabong) gained exclusive access to many storied vantage points throughout the city to reshoot the exact angles of the seldom-seen historical photos included in the book. The juxtaposition of the old and new is staggering to behold.
“We’ve seen from the success of Israel Rising a growing interest in the documentation of ongoing biblical prophecy,” says Hershey. “More and more people are not just curious about proposed future timelines and scenarios, but also about what is tangibly happening right now. The Ancient Prophecy / Modern Lens series is providing that concrete visual evidence.”
“In Book 2 of this series, Jerusalem Rising, there are several groundbreaking aspects that have never been published before,” Hershey continues. “We’ve documented the restoration of Jerusalem in a compelling way that has not been visually captured previously. I couldn’t be more excited to share this unique view of Jerusalem being restored, just as Zechariah foretold!”
The book features a foreword from Rabbi Yehudah Glick, the founder and president of the Shalom Jerusalem Foundation and recently a candidate for President of Israel. “Today, reviewing this wonderful book, Jerusalem Rising by Doug Hershey, identifying Jerusalem’s venues and comparing the magnificent photography of what was and what is, my eyes are filled with tears,” writes Glick.
Rabbi Tuly Weisz, director of Israel365 and editor of The Israel Bible, says, “Just like the ancient Hebrew prophets, Doug Hershey’s new book directs our eyes and hearts to the miracles that the God of Israel is doing for the People of Israel in the Land of Israel.”
Jerusalem Rising, which includes quotes from religious leaders through the ages and historical personalities spanning almost 2,000 years, details how this city has captured the longing and desire of hearts around the world for centuries, even while it lay in silent desolation. The book offers fascinating insights into Jerusalem’s earliest photographers and firsthand accounts from pilgrims, locals, and would-be conquerors.
The result is an awe-inspiring and groundbreaking collection that will captivate readers and reveal the accuracy of the prophet Zechariah’s words.
The ancient prophecy referred to in Jerusalem Rising comes from Zechariah 8, which speaks of the peaceful restoration of Jerusalem, prophesying a time when the Jewish people will return to the city, the elderly and children will dwell peacefully in the streets, and the nations will flood to Jerusalem as the city revives.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God” (Zechariah 8:8). “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain” (Zechariah 8:3).
After the layout for Jerusalem Rising was finished and sent to the printer, a previously unknown cache of Dead Sea Scrolls was discovered in a desert cave in Israel. Israel 365 News recently reported that some of these latest fragments are from Zechariah 8.
“It’s a stunning confirmation to me that God is once again bringing Jerusalem to the forefront of the world’s attention and that Jerusalem Rising is right on time,” says Hershey. Indeed, the reawakening of the City of Peace is at hand.
It’s a one-of-a-kind masterpiece unlike anything ever produced. A stunning combination of the historic and the contemporary, Israel Rising transports us back in time 2600 years to uncover an Ancient Mystery and celebrate Israel’s miraculous journey from an Old Testament prophecy to the birth of a nation. Filled with astonishing photographs now seen through a modern lens, “then and now” comparisons allow you to see for yourself the physical transformation of THE LAND within the last century. The result is a dramatic visual chronicle and a magnificent commemoration of Israel’s 70th anniversary.
It’s the unique visual story of Israel’s miraculous journey from unforgiving desert land to thriving nation.
Thousands of years ago, the prophet Ezekiel foretold a future time in which the arid land of Israel would come alive for its people. Now, this breathtaking book documents the fulfillment of this vision, from the hills of Shiloh where shepherds once roamed; to the booming city of Tel Aviv, founded on sand dunes; to the stellar beaches of Caesarea, transformed from a small village into one of Israel’s most stunning coastal cities; and finally, Jerusalem, the Eternal City of Peace, where in ancient times the power of worship resounded from the Temple. Here, rarely seen photographs taken between the 1880s and the 1940s juxtaposed with contemporary images of the same locations illustrate the region’s biblical history as a place of monumental battle, celebration, worship, and awesome resilience.
Whether by helicopter or on foot, on their own or with the aid of locals, author Doug Hershey and photographer Elise Monique Theriault negotiate the terrain to access the vantage points required to match the original photos, from the rooftop of Israel’s National Museum of Science, Technology and Space in Haifa; to Jaffa Port’s breakwater; and much, much more. Their quest creates a collection that will inspire and captivate as it illuminates Israel’s foretold awakening in a new and unforgettable way.
To help facilitate this dramatic view of history, Israel Rising will start at the beginning. It will look at what exactly Ezekiel prophesied. It will explore the historical accounts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim eyewitnesses of what the land and region has experience and endured. And photos from the 1880s-1940s will be compared to new photos of the same locations. With more than 175 photos, Israel Rising will depict the transformation of Israel as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.
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