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Chosen? : Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by Walter Brueggemann


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"The conflict is only 'seemingly' beyond solution, because all historical-political problems have solutions, if there is enough courage, honesty, and steadfastness."

In Chosen? , Walter Brueggemann explores the situation in modern-day Israel that raises questions for many Christians who are easily confused when reading biblical accounts of God's saving actions with the Israelites.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"The conflict is only 'seemingly' beyond solution, because all historical-political problems have solutions, if there is enough courage, honesty, and steadfastness."

In Chosen?, Walter Brueggemann explores the situation in modern-day Israel that raises questions for many Christians who are easily confused when reading biblical accounts of God's saving actions with the Israelites. Are modern Israeli citizens the descendants of the Israelites in the Bible whom God called chosen? Was the promise of land to Moses permanent and irrevocable? What about others living in the promised land? How should we read the Bible in light of the modern situation? Who are the Zionists, and what do they say?

In four chapters, Brueggemann addresses the main questions people have with regards to what the Bible has to say about this ongoing issue. A question-and-answer section with Walter Brueggemann, a glossary of terms, study guide, and guidelines for respectful dialogue are also included. The reader will get answers to their key questions about how to understand God's promises to the biblical people often called Israel and the conflict between Israel and Palestine today.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780664261542
  • ISBN-10: 066426154X
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 108
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.27 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.34 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Religion > Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - Old Testament
Books > Religion > Religion, Politics & State
Books > Political Science > World - Middle Eastern

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-08-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Brueggemann (Sabbath as Resistance) invites Christians to view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Biblical perspective, exploring what the the Old Testament means when it calls the Jews God's chosen people, speaks of Zion, and promises Jews the Holy Land. Brueggemann argues that Biblical texts, while they do make promises, are often conditional and contradictory and do not give the Jewish people an absolute, uncontested right to modern Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. He also warns against distorting the contemporary political climate by equating present-day causes with ancient Biblical history. Brueggemann rejects the two-state solution, which he discusses in a Q&A at the book's end. The text, short and written in clear, simple prose, provides a solid entre into this delicate issue, saving readers concerned about Israel from having to weed through the entire Bible for answers. With study questions for each of its chapters, discussion tips, and a glossary, the book lends itself to church study groups, but it is not for the faint of heart, opening discussion rather than providing black-and-white answers. (Sept.)

 
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