Christianity and the Holy Land


Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience

Author(s):Rothchild, Alice
Published:2010

The tragedies of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians are never far from the pages of the mainstream press. Yet it is rare to hear about the reality of life on the ground -- and it is rarer still when these voices belong to women. This book records the journey of a Jewish American physician travelling and working within Israel and the Occupied Territories. Alice Rothchild grew up in a family grounded by the traumas of the Holocaust and passionately devoted to Israel. This book recounts her experiences as she grapples with the reality of life in Israel and the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. The new edition includes a new preface, two chapters on Israeli dissent and a chapter which explores the impact of a Palestinian home demolition and the work of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters who have joined together to form Combatants for Peace. Ultimately, the book raises troubling questions regarding US policy and the mainstream Jewish community's insistence on giving unquestioning support to all Israeli policy.
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Who are the Christians in the Middle East?

Author(s):Bailey, Betty Jane and Martin Bailey
Published:2010

Combining highly readable essays on history and culture, profiles of individual church bodies, and country-by-country discussions of the current state of Christianity in the Middle East, this well-researched volume provides an informed introduction to the diverse, now widely marginalized - Christian minority in a volatile part of the world.

Fatal Embrace; Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land

Author(s):Braverman, Mark
Published:2010

Foreword by Walter Brueggemann. Braverman frankly describes how the Christian effort to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism, culminating in the Holocaust, has contributed to suppressing criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and ultimately to suppressing the search for justice for Palestinians. Tracing his own journey as a Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel, Braverman delivers a strong message to Jews and Christians alike: it is not anti-Semitic to stand up for justice for the Palestinian people. He calls on both Christians and Jews to reject Jewish/Israeli exceptionalism and to challenge the exclusivism inherent in Zionism’s promotion of this exceptional status for Jews.

Jesus and the Land

Author(s):Burge, Gary M
Published:2010

In Jesus and the Land, respected New Testament scholar Gary Burge describes first-century Jewish and Christian beliefs about the land of Israel in order to help contemporary readers develop a Christian theology of the land and assess Bible-based claims in discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. Burge provides a full survey of New Testament passages that directly address the question of land and faith and offers an honest and compelling presentation of present-day tensions surrounding "territorial religion" in the modern Middle East. This accessibly written volume will appeal to undergraduate and seminary students, pastors, teachers, and anyone interested in the Israeli-Palestinian situation.

The Arab Christian; A History in the Middle East

Author(s):Cragg, Kenneth
Published:1991

Centuries before the existence of the Islamic faith, there were Arabs who could be described as Christian. And there has been a Christian Arabism, an Arab Christianity, since Muhammad's day. Arab Christianity has survived Muslin dominance, and this enlightening book takes an in-depth look at its survival

Christians in the Holy Land – The World of Islam

Author(s):Prior, Michael and William Taylor
Published:1993

Papers presented at an ecumenical seminar in Jerusalem providing a comprehensive and authoritative account of the Christian Church in the Holy Land including recent findings of sociologists. The work includes the informed comment of theologians and other scholars and allows the Holy Land Churches to speak for themselves.

On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion

Author(s):Rothchild, Alice
Published:2014

On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion is a compelling collection of blog writing that chronicles a fact-finding and solidarity visit to the West Bank and Israel during the last three weeks of June 2014. Physician, author, filmmaker, and longtime activist Alice Rothchild turns her powers of careful observation and her deep understanding of the consequences of racism and occupation into a lively, honest, heart breaking, collection of reports from the field. She documents the stories and lives that do not make the evening news, but are essential to understanding the context in which that news occurs. Buy from Just World Books




Interfaith Dialogue


Shalom/Salaam/Peace: A Liberation Theology of Hope in Israel/Palestine

Author(s):Hammond, Constance
Published:2008

Hammond writes about two peoples and three religions struggling for survival, and for justice and peace, in the Holy Land.  She puts forth Liberation Theology as the path to true peace and lifts up the small Palestinian Christian population as a people of hope in the area.




Peace


Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

Author(s):Carter, Jimmy
Published:2007

Carter’s book, describing Israel’s oppressive occupation policies, broke new ground in public discourse on the conflict by openly using the word “apartheid.”  He was roundly criticized for this, but he spoke of a reality that many others, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many courageous Israelis, had long since recognized, and publication of his book served to break the taboo on using the word.

Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks

Author(s):Zaru, Jean
Published:2008

This book by a Palestinian Quaker woman, clerk of the Friends Meeting House in Ramallah, is a personal story of the difficult circumstances facing not only Christians, but also Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land.  She explores nonviolence from a profound theological grounding as the only practical path to peace.




History and Politics


A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation

Author(s):Ateek, Naim
Published:2009

The first part of this sequel to Justice and Only Justice focuses on events since the Intifada of 1987, including the violence that has come from Israel's aggression and from the use of suicide bombers by Palestinians. The second part of the book draws on scripture, lifting up biblical figures such as Samson, Jonah, Daniel, and Jesus as it examines issues of the land, its meaning, and its ownership. In the final section, Ateek presents a strategy to achieve peace and justice nonviolently that will promote justice for the Palestinians and security for both Israel and Palestine. Rev. Dr. Naim Stifan Ateek, an Anglican priest, is a Palestinian Arab and a citizen of Israel.

Holy Land, Hollow Jubilee; God, Justice and the Palestinians

Author(s):Ateek, Naim and Michael Prior
Published:1999

This book contains the papers of the Third International Conference of Sabeel (the Palestinian Liberation Theology Centre) held at Bethlehem University, February 1998. Fifty years after the Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, it remembers the past, assesses the present and plans for the future. It poses Israel the challenge of Jubilee, and asks 'What does the Lord require? The Jubilee (Leviticus 25) challenges Israel to honor the demands of the Bible's more attractive traditions. It insists on freedom and justice, bringing release to the captives and freedom to the oppressed.

Challenging Christian Zionism: theology, politics and the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Author(s):Ateek, Naim- Cedar Duaybis and Maureen Tobin
Published:2005

A collection of papers from Sabeel’s 5th International Conference on Christian Zionism.

BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

Author(s):Barghouti, Omar
Published:2011

Barghouti, a human rights activist and co-founder of the Palestinian BDS movement, argues for a rights-based BDS campaign to halt Israel’s occupation and apartheid practices.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers

Author(s):Bourke, Dale Hanson
Published:2013

In this Skeptic’s Guide™, Dale Hanson Bourke sheds light on the places, terms, history, and current issues shaping this important region. Offering an even-handed presentation of a range of views on the most controversial issues, she provides a framework for American Christians to use in understanding why the conflict occurred, why it continues—and what remains to be done.

A Wall in Jerusalem

Author(s):Braverman, Mark
Published:2013

Violence in Israel and Palestine has become the norm. Do we even understand this conflict? Do we know where it comes from? Why can't the two sides reach agreement? Can Jews and Palestinians find a way to coexist? From the bustling communities on either side of the Jerusalem barrier, to the historical lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and South African apartheid, to the foremost voices in theology and conflict resolution today, Braverman answers these questions and offers a course of action both at home and abroad to realize peace.

Blood Brothers

Author(s):Chacour, Elias and David Hazard
Published:2013

Abuna Elias Chacour is a Melkite priest whose family village in Galilee in Israel was destroyed during the 1948 war.  He is the founder of the Mar Elias Schools and winner of the Japanese Peace Prize.

We Belong to the Land; the Story of a Palestinian Israeli who lives for peace and reconciliation

Author(s):Chacour, Elias and Mary Jensen
Published:1990

Father Chacour demonstrates the steadfastness of Palestinians.  He has managed, despite much harassment from the Israeli government, to create major religious and educational institutions in Galilee.  

Whose Holy City?: Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Author(s):Chapman, Colin
Published:2004

In this informed and enlightening book, Colin Chapman assesses the centrality of Jerusalem in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, tracing its history through the ages and showing how the issues of the past are relevant today. Since 1967, the Israelis have controlled the city and the areas around it, creating new settlements and roads to transform its geography and demography, and provoking intense opposition from the Palestinians. The situation today appears hopeless as the conflict continues violently with Jerusalem at its centre. How, Colin Chapman asks, can the two sides reach agreement over this most holy of cities?

Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation

Author(s):Christison, Kathleen and Bill
Published:2009

This detailed description, based on the authors’ many trips to Palestine, of what Palestinians endure under Israel’s occupation employs a large number of photographs and maps to show the apartheid system of control: the Separation Wall, checkpoints, Israeli-only settlements, a road system accessible only to Jews, demolition of Palestinian homes, confiscation of land, and other oppressive measures.    

An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel

Author(s):Halper, Jeff
Published:2008

Halper exposes Israel’s oppressive occupation policies and the fundamental atrocities—primarily dispossession of the Palestinians—committed by Zionism in its drive for a specifically Jewish state.  He attempts to reconcile his understanding of Zionism’s injustices and his efforts to forge a just solution to the conflict with his desire nonetheless to maintain an Israeli nationalism.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Author(s):Pappe, Ilan
Published:2006

This is a scholarly description, based on declassified Israeli military archival material, of the calculated planning behind Israel’s decision to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian population in 1948—a decision that resulted in the expulsion from their homes and land of over half the Palestinian population.  Pappe is one of the “new” Israeli historians.    

The Lemon Tree : An Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East

Author(s):Tolan, Sandy
Published:2006

This book is a wonderful way to start learning about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  Tolan records the history of the conflict through the stories of a Palestinian family dispossessed in 1948 and the Bulgarian Jewish refugee family that came to live in the Palestinians’ home.  The book helps us understand the conflict through its very personal dimensions.    

It’s Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir

Author(s):Williams, Emma
Published:2010

Pediatrician and mother of four, Emma Williams moved with her husband, a UN diplomat, to Jerusalem in 2000, just as the second intifada was starting, and lived there until the invasion of Iraq began in 2003.  The family lived on the borderline between East and West Jerusalem, and she socialized with Israelis in Tel Aviv and worked on Palestinian maternal and child health in the West Bank.  She is an insightful writer and gives the reader a good understanding of both Israeli and Palestinian views of the situation.    




Fiction


Uprooting the Olive Tree

Author(s):Lloyd Johnson
Published:2016

“Uprooting the Olive Tree,” a new novel now available, shows the progressive disruption of life in Palestine today through adventure, action and romance, the triumphs and tragedies of both Jews and Arabs. The last book in the trilogy preceded by “Living Stones,” and “Cry of Hope,” continues the adventures of Ashley and Najid in Israel/Palestine.

Living Stones; A Novel of the Middle East

Author(s):Johnson, Lloyd
Published:2013

Living Stones is the story of an American woman coming to terms with the truth of the Middle East, and the lies she had been fed. Will she survive the forces that threaten to tear her apart?      

Cry of Hope ( Sequel to Living Stones)

Author(s):Johnson, Lloyd
Published:2014

An American grad student with her Palestinian Christian fiancé become personally enveloped with others in the human tragedies of the Holy Land. This book is a sequel to Living Stones by the same author. If you wonder why The Holy Land continues to boil, this book will both entertain and help you to understand.




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