I came away from this book with three impressions
- The sprawling, endless history of this hilltop settlement, its stones and myths endlessly dug up and rebuilt.
- The way much of world history --or at least the history of the Abrahamic religions- swirls around this single spot
- The beheadings and rapes, generation after generation. My own village has a history going back to the eighth century, but in nearly all that time, sickles were just used for lopping heads of grain, rather than heads of people. Must be something to be said for not being so famous.