I have been reading Karen Armstrong’s third memoir, “The Spiral Staircase,” and encountering her musings on visiting the Holy Land in 1983. Armstrong, who spent seven years of her early adult life training as a nun at a convent in Great Britain, found that this encounter in the Middle East made her realize she had an amazingly limited view of the Jewish people and their religion, even though they were the origins of the Roman Catholic faith and of all Christianity.
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