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 thTwo 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....
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Whose Promised Land?: The Continuing Crisis Over Israel and Palestine Reviews
Colin Chapman's book is sprinkled with quotes from both 'sides', warns of the danger of older forms of anti-Semitism and focuses on some of the hardships Jews have suffered. It urges caution in forming judgement and maintains an appearance of objectivity and balance, including an interesting, if ironic, quote from Edward Said on the need for intellectual honesty. However the foundation of his section examining the justice of the dispute is a favourable citation of Naeem Ateek, who himself part justifies suicide terrorism. In the quote Ateek claims biblical Naboth's murder and the theft of his property by the vile Ahab, 'has been re-enacted thousands of times since the creation of the State of Israel'. This fabricated accusation lies at the heart of the book's case. Chapman almost completely ignores the defensive character of the 1948 and 1967 wars (almost as though the Poles and Czechs were responsible for Dresden or Hitler's 'murder' in 1945), the repeated calls for Israel's annihilation by Arab leaders and their media, the sharp difference in Arab and Jewish murder rates before 1948, and extremely oppressive British policies in handling refugees from the Holocaust. Not surprisingly he also neglects to mention the Palestinian Grand Mufti's close association with the Nazis, meeting with Hitler and shared genocidal intentions. His quotes are highly selective and I suspect many are sourced from the partisan Middle East Council of Churches, as well as some rather one-sided historians (Gentile and Jewish). Let the reader beware of a carefully concealed but highly virulent bias against Israel!
The first book I read, after Father Elias Chacour's Blood Brothers, to open my eyes to the real story of Israel-Palestine. The well funded, well promoted false Zionist narrative of "a people without a land for a land without a people" is countered by a number of books including this one.
Collin Chapman's Whose Promised Land delves into Israel Palestine, and shows its complexity. Note this book is written by a Christian and probably is written directly to other Christians. So two sections of this Book deal with the theology and scripture behind Zionism and what scripture has to say towards the conflict in Palestine. There is plenty in this book for everyone, but Chapman writes/thinks as a follower of Jesus in this book.The 2nd edition of the book is broken into 5 main sections. The first deals with facts of the land of Palestine, primarily looking at a timeline of events. The second draws quotes from primary sources to answer some basic questions about Israel, Jews, Zionism, Palestinians, and the land of Palestine. The Third section is a study of “the theme of land throughout the Old and New Testaments.” The fourth section looks at other themes of the Old and New Testament that might be important for the topic of the land of Palestine. Finally the last chapter Chapman shares his own thoughts and conclusions for the complexity of Israel and Palestine.The book surprised me in the depth it went, lots of primary sources, and the genuineness it had with the complexity of Israel Palestine. There are a lot of different voices heard in this book and Chapman appears, for I am not expert, to do a great job of making sure you can hear those voices on their own terms and then asking good questions of them all.I highly recommend for anyone looking to learn more about the complexity of the land of Palestine Israel. I end with a quote from the Quaker Report Search for Peace in the Middle East from 1970:We wish to make clear to all, particularly to our countrymen of Jewish and Arab backgrounds, that our position is one of concern for both peoples and is based on the conviction that the rights and interests of both must be recognized and reconciled on some just and peaceful basis. We believe that to ignore or to deny the essential rights on one group will lead to the ultimate destruction of the rights of the other. Peace and decent living conditions, if not available to both, will be unavailable to either. We firmly believe that it is possible to be both Pro-Jewish and Pro-Arab. And for both the essential need is peace.
These two books were great books because they made me rethink my own biases and to look at scripture and history with fresh eyes. There were so many things that I had not given much thought to. I had just accepted what I had heard other people say. These books must be read from the concept that God is both Just and Righteous. Keeping in mind the character of God then it is evil to accept that it is right for people who have lived in a land for 1500 to 2000 years to have their vineyards, orchards and homes seized by foreign invaders. Arabs were there when the church began (Acts 6). Many of those seeing their property seized are evangel Christian. It is hard to tell you Muslim neighbor about Jesus when people who share the same Holy Book think you should be exterminated so others can have you possessions. One Arab Christian woman ask if western Christian thought that we are Canaanites to be exterminated. In the four gospels there is no account of Jesus talking about a later reclamation of the nation of Israel. Rather the N.T. speaks of a new nation, a spiritual nation of believers from every tribe and nation that would belong to him. All of the text for the recreation of Israel are from the O.T. This recreation did come about during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. The is no prophecy about the recreation of the Temple or the nation of Israel after their destruction by the Romans. Instead Jesus said the new temple where he would reside is in the hearts of his followers.
A survey of the issues surrounding the land of Palestine and the Palestinian/Israeli conflicts. I like the fact that he takes a serious look at the Bible and what many evangelical Christians believe, but doesn't jump to conclusions without making an effort to interpret correctly what the Bible says. Chapman does seem to lean toward the Palestinian perspective, though he claims neutrality. One of the points he makes that really strikes me is that if one is going to interpret literally the promises about the land in the OT, then one should be willing for Israel to also be judged by the conditions of the promises (justice to outsiders/Gentiles, their own faithfulness, etc.). He has a good section on what is necessary for reconciliation. There are no easy solutions given and Chapman acknowledges that any solution is going to be very difficult. He believes that it will take the diplomatic intervention of an outside "force" that is viewed as neutral but that also has enough influence to "force" change. At one point, he says that no solution will be possible without US involvement, but he also accuses the US of being almost blindly pro-Israel. Chapman gives no one a pass and says that there have been great wrongs on both sides, a stubborn willingneess from both sides to understand the perspective of the other side, and suffering endured and inflicted by both sides.
This book should be required reading along with "Competing Histories" for those interested in the Israeli Palestinian conflict from a Christian perspective. It is very worthwhile, even for those who disagree with the author, to wrestle with his arguments.
fascinating insight into the Israel/Palestine conflict, as well as interesting take on biblical interpretation and "end times" prophesy
Balanced in-depth look at the Biblical and historical issues surrounding the current Israeli/Palestinian issues.
A compressive history and analysis of the issues around the establishment of Israel and the subsequent Palestinian cause.