Whose Promised Land?

Whose Promised Land? : The continuing conflict over Israel and Palestine

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The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has profoundly affected the Middle East for almost seventy years, and shows no sign of ending. With two peoples claiming the same piece of land for different reasons, it remains a huge political and humanitarian problem. Can it ever be resolved? If so, how? These are the basic questions addressed in a new and substantially revised fifth edition of this highly acclaimed book. Having lived and worked in the Middle East at various times since 1968, Colin Chapman explains the roots of the problem and outlines the arguments of the main parties involved. He also explores the theme of land in the Old and New Testaments, discussing legitimate and illegitimate ways of using the Bible in relation to the conflict. This new and fully updated edition covers developments since 9/11, including the building of the security wall, the increased importance of Hamas and the Islamic dimension of the conflict, and the attacks on Lebanon and Gaza.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 31mm | 505g
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th edition
  • 0745970257
  • 9780745970257
  • 433,059

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"Provides an evenhanded approach that does not automatically assume a pro-Israel stance. Instead, it seeks to present an honest appraisal of modern Israel while clearly delineating the inter-related issues surrounding the crisis in the Middle East. There's a great deal of good analysis of some very difficult texts. A terrific book." * American Vision * "A deep, long look at the issues surrounding the crisis in the historic land common to the three great monotheistic religions, Whose Promised Land? is recommended as a fine introduction to the history of the conflict." * Relevant Magazine * For a more than a generation, Colin Chapman's Whose Promised Land? has been the premier volume for Christians who are trying to think Christianly about the conflict in Israel-Palestine. And this new edition is a helpful update and improvement in his already-outstanding presentation. The strength of Chapman's work is not only in its comprehensiveness, but in its fairness. Unlike most scholars, he sites his sources extensively, letting political leaders and theologians speak for themselves, so that the reader can make his or her own judgments about the meaning of their words. This is simply an essential book that ought to be in the hands of every thoughtful Christian who cares about the world, the Middle East, and the Bible. > -- Gary Burge, Professor of New Testament Wheaton College & Graduate School "When first published, this book influenced thousands of Christians with its balanced, thoughtful and Bible-based assessment of the situation in Israel/Palestine. Sadly, occupation and settlement have continued and deepened in Palestine over the last dozen years, and talks about a just peace have stumbled. So an update is long overdue. With this brand new edition Colin Chapman does not disappoint. This remains the go-to text for Christians and others wanting to understand what is really happening in the Middle East." -- Jeremy Moodey, Chief Executive, Embrace the Middle East "Colin Chapman has long been acknowledged as providing a strong intellectual voice to Christian concern for Palestinians, and this book will undoubtedly reinforce that." -- Dr Jane Clements, Director, Council of Christians and Jews "For over thirty years this one book has stood out as the seminal work on this highly contested issue. This really is the "must-have" book on one of the world's hottest topics." -- Dr Peter Walker, Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity School for Ministry, USA
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About Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman is former Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon. He is the author of Christianity on Trial and The Case for Christianity (both Lion) and Cross and Crescent: responding to the challenges of Islam (IVP).
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