My Promised LandMy Promised Land



NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award An authoritative and ...

Author: Ari Shavit

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780812984644

Category:

Page: 512

View: 199

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts: both personal and national, both deeply human and of profound historical dimension. We meet Shavit’s great-grandfather, a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour and understood that it was the way of the future for his people; the idealist young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s to grow the Jaffa oranges that would create Palestine’s booming economy; the visionary youth group leader who, in the 1940s, transformed Masada from the neglected ruins of an extremist sect into a powerful symbol for Zionism; the Palestinian who as a young man in 1948 was driven with his family from his home during the expulsion from Lydda; the immigrant orphans of Europe’s Holocaust, who took on menial work and focused on raising their children to become the leaders of the new state; the pragmatic engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel’s nuclear program in the 1960s, in the only interview he ever gave; the zealous religious Zionists who started the settler movement in the 1970s; the dot-com entrepreneurs and young men and women behind Tel-Aviv’s booming club scene; and today’s architects of Israel’s foreign policy with Iran, whose nuclear threat looms ominously over the tiny country. As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? Can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today’s global political landscape. Praise for My Promised Land “This book will sweep you up in its narrative force and not let go of you until it is done. [Shavit’s] accomplishment is so unlikely, so total . . . that it makes you believe anything is possible, even, God help us, peace in the Middle East.”—Simon Schama, Financial Times “[A] must-read book.”—Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times “Important and powerful . . . the least tendentious book about Israel I have ever read.”—Leon Wieseltier, The New York Times Book Review “Spellbinding . . . Shavit’s prophetic voice carries lessons that all sides need to hear.”—The Economist “One of the most nuanced and challenging books written on Israel in years.”—The Wall Street Journal

Whose Land Whose Promise Whose Land Whose Promise



- How do I love those Palestinian Muslims who are deeply mis understood by all parties in this conflict? This book is a powerful, prophetic call for justice that all Christians with an interest in the Middle East ought to ponder carefully.

Author: Gary M. Burge

Publisher: Paternoster

ISBN: UCSC:32106017090942

Category:

Page: 312

View: 316

A passionate inter-weaving of modern stories, historical study and biblical and theological insight in the quest for justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whose Land? Whose Promise? is a passionate and personal set of reflections about the crisis in the Middle East, born out of personal experience, historical and theological study. Untold and heartbreaking stories from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are combined with the insights of a biblical scholar with a passion for justice. Burge wrestles with questions such as: - How do I embrace my commitment to Judaism, a commitment to which I am bound by the Bible, when I sense in my deepest being that there is a profound injustice about Israel? - How do I celebrate the birth of this nation Israel when I also mourn the suffering of Arab Christians who are equally my brothers and sisters in Christ? - How do I love those Palestinian Muslims who are deeply mis understood by all parties in this conflict? This book is a powerful, prophetic call for justice that all Christians with an interest in the Middle East ought to ponder carefully.

PALESTINE The Promised Land of CanaanPALESTINE The Promised Land of Canaan



Overtime, various solutions have been proposed based on demographics, economics, nationalism, prejudice, and an unquenchable thirst for vengeance.Fred Kohler Holbrook's Palestine-Whose Homeland? approaches this problem from a perspective ...

Author: Fred Kohler Holbrook

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 9781618563828

Category:

Page: 258

View: 319

Few modern political dilemmas have been more difficult to control and less comprehensible than dominance over Palestine. Overtime, various solutions have been proposed based on demographics, economics, nationalism, prejudice, and an unquenchable thirst for vengeance.Fred Kohler Holbrook's Palestine-Whose Homeland? approaches this problem from a perspective founded, remarkably, not in zealotry or greed , but in what he calls "e;information seeking."e; And, like a logical man, he begins at the beginning, in Biblical times, unraveling the intertwined stories of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Mohammed and Moses, and their involvement in Palestine.Mr. Holbrook weaves his religious and historical study with dozens of citations from the Old and New Testament, the Qu'ran, Jewish texts, and various books of commentary. If nothing else, the reader will gain a heightened appreciation of the complex interweaving of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian cultures, to the vanished civilizations of the Babylonians and Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and modern contenders, notably the British imperialists, the Zionists, and the Islamics- which have fought over and occupied the Holy Land for most of recorded Western history.The author invokes more little known sources than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Qu'ran, including Abrahamist volumes and the scriptures of the Church, of which he is a member. The result is an erudite, well-balanced, and intriguing investigation of the endless strife that hangs over Palestine.

Whose Land Whose Promise Whose Land Whose Promise



Whose Promise?' was first published in 2003. Ten years later, events in the Middle East continue to escalate in tragic complexity, and Christians still struggle with making sense of it all, says author Gary M. Burge.

Author: Gary M. Burge

Publisher: Pilgrim Press

ISBN: 0829819924

Category:

Page: 315

View: 373

This updated edition of Whose Land? Whose Promise? is Burge's personal exploration of his feelings about the crisis in the Middle East. Burge communicates with other Christians who share his opinions and seek similar answers to questions such as:: How do I embrace my commitment to Judaism, a commitment to which I am bound by the Bible, when I sense in my deepest being that there is a profound injustice afoot in Israel? How do I celebrate the birth of this nation Israel when I also mourn the suffering of Arab Christians who are equally my brothers and sisters in Christ? How do I love those Palestinian Muslims who are deeply misunderstood by all parties in this conflict? Book jacket.

Palestine A Twice Promised Land Palestine A Twice Promised Land



In this book, Isaiah Friedman examines one of the most complex problems that bedeviled Middle East politics in the interwar period, one that still remains controversial.

Author: Isaiah Friedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351290067

Category:

Page: 411

View: 673

In this book, Isaiah Friedman examines one of the most complex problems that bedeviled Middle East politics in the interwar period, one that still remains controversial. The prevailing view is that during World War I the British government made conflicting commitments to the Arabs, to the French, and to the Jews. Through a rigorous examination of the documentary evidence, Friedman demolishes the myth that Palestine was a "twice-promised land" and shows that the charges of fraudulence and deception leveled against the British are groundless. Central to Arab claims on Palestine was a letter dated 24 October 1915, from Sir Henry McMahon, the British High Commissioner in Egypt, to King Hussein, the Sharif of Mecca, pledging Arab independence. Friedman shows that this letter was conditional on a general Arab uprising against the Turks. Predicated on reciprocal action, the letter committed the British to recognize and uphold Arab independence in the areas of the Fertile Crescent once it was liberated by the Arabs themselves. As all evidence shows, few tribes rebelled against the Turks. The Arabs in Palestine, Syria, and Mesopotamia fought for the Ottoman Empire against the British. In addition to its non-binding nature, McMahon's letter has been misinterpreted with respect to the territories it covers. Friedman's archival discovery of the Arabic version actually read by Hussein indisputably shows that Palestine was not included in the British pledge. Indeed, Hussein welcomed the return of the Jews just as his son Emir Feisal believed that Arab-Jewish cooperation would be a means to build Arab independence without the interference of the European powers. Myth-shattering and meticulously documented, Palestine: A Twice-Promised Land? is revisionist history in the truest sense of the word.

To the Promised LandTo the Promised Land



Revealing photographs and a dramatic text chronicle the events that led up to Israel's statehood and the struggle for survival, and profiles Israel's early leaders

Author: Uri Dan

Publisher: Doubleday Books

ISBN: UOM:39015006602034

Category:

Page: 285

View: 620

Revealing photographs and a dramatic text chronicle the events that led up to Israel's statehood and the struggle for survival, and profiles Israel's early leaders

Whose Promised Land Whose Promised Land



The book begins with the history of the territory, explaining the development of the conflict and the complexity of the issues.

Author: Colin Chapman

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 0801064414

Category:

Page: 330

View: 369

Two peoples, Jews and Palestinian Arabs, lay claim to the same piece of land. But who does it really belong to? Scripture, history, and contemporary politics add to the volatile conflict in the Middle East. Whose Promised Land?, now in a fully revised and updated fifth edition, provides an evenhanded approach to this complex dilemma. The book begins with the history of the territory, explaining the development of the conflict and the complexity of the issues. The second section surveys biblical teaching on the theme of the land, both from the Old Testament point of view and the perspective of Jesus and his followers. Building on the analysis of history and the biblical studies, the final part examines the major contemporary forces affecting the conflict today. Unlike many evangelical Christian books on the topic, Whose Promised Land? does not automatically assume a pro-Israel stance, but seeks to present an honest appraisal of modern Israel while clearly delineating the interrelated issues surrounding the crisis in the Middle East.

Israel the Impossible LandIsrael the Impossible Land



What has the land of Israel meant for the Jewish imagination? This book provides a lively and readable answer, covering Biblical times to the present.

Author: Jean-Christophe Attias

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804741662

Category:

Page: 294

View: 770

What has the land of Israel meant for the Jewish imagination? This book provides a lively and readable answer, covering Biblical times to the present. Its aim is to pierce the mystery of the images of Israel, to grasp their meaning and function, to trace their origins and history, and to resituate in historical terms the fertile mythology that has peopled and continues to people the Jewish imagination, interposing a screen between a people and their land. Describing the real, however, is not sufficient to disqualify the myths. The authors believe, with the famous French historian Pierre Vidal-Naquet, that: “Things are not so simple. Myth is not opposed to the real as the false to the true; myth accompanies the real.” Today, Israel is an undeniable fact and no longer has to legitimize its existence. It is in the midst of living through the crises of adulthood. The authors simply want to reconstitute and trace the genealogies of these contemporary crises. Only upon a clear understanding of this present and this past can a future be constructed.