Book List


Recommended Reading

(Books marked with * are available from Friends of Sabeel UK)

Recent Additions

*A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict, Naim Ateek, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-1626982604, Review

Born to be Free – the Indivisibility of Freedom, Brian J Brown, Church in the Market Place Publications, 2015, Review

The Bible and the Palestine-Israel Conflict, Naim Ateek, Cedar Duaybis, Tina Whitehead (Eds), 2014, ISBN-13 9789657409060

The Gospel and the Land of Promise: Christian Approaches to the Land of the Bible, Philip Church, Peter Walker, Tim Bulkeley (Eds), Pickwick Publications, 2011, ISBN-10 1608995453

Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible Through Palestinian Eyes, Mitri Raheb, Orbis Books, 2014, ISBN-10 1626980659, Review

Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land, Mark Braverman, Synergy Books, 2010, ISBN-10 0984076077, Review

A Wall in Jerusalem, Mark Braverman, Hodder & Stoughton 2013, ISBN-10 1455574201, Review

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes – Cultural Studies in the Gospels, Kenneth Bailey, SPCK, 2008, ISBN-10 0281059756

Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians [second edition, revised], Gary Burge, Pilgrim Press, 2013, ISBN-10 0829819924

Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to Holy Land Theology, Gary Burge, Baker Academic, 2010, ISBN-10 0801038987

The Advent of Peace: A Gospel Journey to Christmas, Mary Grey, SPCK, 2010, ISBN-10 0281062323

* The Resurrection of Peace: A Gospel Journey to Easter and Beyond, Mary Grey, SPCK, 2012, ISBN-10 028106637X, Review

The Land of Christ: A Palestinian Cry, Yohanna Katanacho, Pickwick Publications, 2013, ISBN-10 1620326647

The Land Cries Out, Theology of the Land in the Israeli-Palestinian Context, Salim Munayer & Lisa Loden, Cascade Books, 2011, ISBN-10 1610973356

You Can’t Hide the Sun, A Journey through Israel and Palestine, John McCarthy, Bantam Press, 2012, ISBN-10 0593059468

Reflections from Palestine, a Journey of Hope, Samia Khoury, Rimal Publications, 2014, ISBN-10: 9963715117


Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948, Walid Khalidi, Inst for Palestine Studies, 1985, ISBN-10 0887281443

The British in Palestine: The Mandatory Government and the Arab-Jewish Conflict, 1917-1929, Bernard Wasserstein, Blackwell, 1991, ISBN-10 0631175741

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Ilan Pappe, One World Publishing, 2007, ISBN-10 1851685553

Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of ‘Transfer’ in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948, Nur Masalha, Inst for Palestine Studies, 1992, ISBN-10 0887282423

The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand, Verso, 2010, ISBN-10 1844676234

The Iron Wall, Avi Shlaim, Penguin, 2001, ISBN 0140288708

Israel and Palestine: Competing Histories, Mike Berry and Greg Philo, Pluto Press, 2006, ISBN 0745325653

Land and Power: The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948, Anita Shapira, Stanford University Press, 1999, ISBN-10 0804737762

The Land Beyond Promise: Israel, Likud and the Zionist Dream, Colin Shindler, I. B. Tauris, 2001, ISBN-10 186064774X

Ploughing Sand: British Rule in Palestine, 1917-1948, Naomi Shepherd, Rutgers University Press, 1999, ISBN-10 0813527651

Contemporary Political Situation

After the Last Sky: Palestinian Lives, Edward Said & Jean Mohr, Columbia University Press, 1999, ISBN-10 0231114494

Bad News from Israel, Mike Berry & Greg Philo, Pluto Press, 2004, ISBN 0745320619

* Counter Rhetoric: challenging ‘conventional wisdom’ & reframing the conflict, Jeff Halper, Jimmy Johnson and Emily Schaeffer, ICAHD, 2006,

Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Sara Roy, Pluto Press, 2006, ISBN-10 0745322344

Faith Beyond Despair – Building Hope in the Holy Land, Elias Chacour, Canterbury Press, 2011, ISBN-10 1853119067

Gaza Blues: Different Stories, Etgar Keret & Samir El-Youssef, David Paul, 2004, ISBN-10 0954054245

Gaza in Crisis, Ilan Pappe & Noam Chomsky, Haymarket Books, 2013, ISBN-10 1608463311

Imperial Israel: the History of the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, Michael Palumbo, Bloomsbury, 1992, ISBN-10 0747510121

The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood, Rashid Khalidi, Oneworld, 2007, ISBN-10 1851685324

Israeli Apartheid: a Beginner’s Guide, Ben White, Pluto Press, 2014, ISBN-10 0745334636

Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths, Karen Armstrong, Ballantine Books, 1997 ISBN-10 0345391683

* Jerusalem: What Makes for Peace: A Palestinian Christian Contribution to Peace Making, Ateek et al., Melisende, 1997, ISBN-10 1901764001

Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine, Ghada Karmi, Pluto Press, 2007, ISBN-10 0745320651

Obstacles to Peace, Jeff Halper, ICAHD-UK, 2009

The Other Side of Israel, Susan Nathan, Harper Perennial, 2006, ISBN-10 0007195117

Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel, Ilan Pappe, Pluto Press, 2010, ISBN-10 0745327257

Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation, Kathleen and Bill Chritison, Pluto Press, 2009, ISBN-10 0745329292

* A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation, Naim Ateek, Orbis, 2008, ISBN-10 1570757844

Palestinian Christians: Religion, Politics and Society in the Holy Land, Anthony O’Mahony, Melisende, 1999, ISBN-10 1901764060

Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape, Raja Shehadeh, Profile Books, 2008, ISBN-10 1861978995

Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, Jimmy Carter, Pocket Books, 2007, ISBN-10 1847391540

The Politics of Denial: Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem, Nur Masalha, Pluto Press, 2003, ISBN-10 0745321208

Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment, Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, Pluto Press, 2010, ISBN-10 074533069X

The Punishment of Gaza, Gideon Levy, Verso, 2010, ISBN-10 1844676013

The Question of Palestine, Edward Said, Random House, 2003, ISBN-10 0679739882

Western Scholarship and the History of Palestine, Michael Prior, Melisende, 1998, ISBN-10 1901764028

Whose Holy City?, Colin Chapman, Lion, 2004, ISBN-10 0745951341

Whose Promised Land?, Colin Chapman, Lion, 2002, ISBN-10 0745951112

Christianity, Judaism, Zionism, the Bible and the Land

Anxious for Armageddon, Don Wagner, Herald Press, 1995, ISBN-10 0836136519

The Bible and Colonialism, Michael Prior, Continuum-3PL, 1997, ISBN-10 1850758158

The Bible and Zionism: invented traditions, archaeology, and post-colonialism in Palestine-Israel, Nur Masalha, Zed Books Ltd, 2007, ISBN-10 1842777610

Blood and Religion: the unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State, Jonathan Cook, Pluto Press, 2006, ISBN-10 074532555

* Challenging Christian Zionism: Theology, Politics and the Israel-Palestine Conflict, Edited by Ateek, Duaybis and Tobin, Melisende, 2005, ISBN-10 1901764427

* Challenging Empire: God, Faithfulness and Resistance, Edited by Ateek, Duaybis and Tobin, 2012, ISBN-10 9657409039

* Christian Zionism (Audio Lectures – CD), Stephen Sizer

* Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon?, Stephen Sizer, IVP, 2004, ISBN-10 1844740501

* Dying in the Land of Promise, Don Wagner, Melisende, 2003, ISBN-10 1901764222

Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiment in Human Despait, Jonathan Cook, Zed Books, 2008, ISBN-10 1848130317

* The Forgotten Faithful, Edited by Ateek et al., Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, 2007, ISBN-10 9657409004

* Holy Land – Hollow Jubilee: God, Justice and the Palestinians, Edited by Ateek and Prior, Melisende, 1999, ISBN-10 1901764095

In Troubled Waters: A History of the Anglican Church in Jerusalem, 1841-1998, Rafiq Farah, Christians Aware, 2002, ISBN-10 1873372167

The Iron in the Soul: Joseph and the Undoing of Violence, Kenneth Cragg, Melisende, 2009, ISBN-10 1901764559

Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza, Gerald Butt, Rimal Publications; Melisende, 2009, ISBN-10 9963610390

* A Living Stone, Michael Prior, Living Stones, 2006, ISBN-10 0955208807

Occupied with Non-Violence, Jean Zaru, Fortress Press, 2008, ISBN-10 0800663179

The Order of the Wounded Hands, Kenneth Cragg, Melisende, 2006, ISBN-10 1901764486

Paths of Faith: An Introduction to World Faiths, Christians Aware

Patterns of the Past, Prospects for the Future: Christian Heritage in the Holy Land, Thomas Hummel et al., Melisende, 1999, ISBN-10 1901764109

* Speaking the Truth about Zionism and Israel, Edited by Michael Prior, Melisende, 2004, ISBN-10 1901764265

The Way of the Cross: a Passion Play, Majwa Farah, Christians Aware

Windows into the World Church, Barbara Butler, Kevin Mayhew, 2003, ISBN-10 1844170489

Zion’s Christian Soldiers?, Stephen Sizer, IVP, 2007, ISBN-10 1844742148


* Cross and Crescent, Colin Chapman, IVP, 2007, ISBN-10 1844741923

Waging Peace on Islam, Christine A. Mallouhi, IVP USA, 2011, ISBN-10 0830823042

Faith to Faith: A Christian Arab Perspective on Islam and Christianity, Chawkat Moucarry, IVP, 2001, ISBN-10: 0851118992

The Search for Forgiveness: Pardon and Punishment in Islam and Christianity, Chawkat Moucarry, IVP, 2004, ISBN-10: 1844740188

Personal Testimonies and Biographies

Blessed are the Peacemakers, Audeh Rantisi, Eagle, 2003, ISBN-10 0863475817

Blood Brothers, Elias Chacour, Chosen Books, 2003, ISBN-10 0800793218

Caught In Between, Riah Abu El-Assal (Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem), SPCK, 1999, ISBN-10 0281052239

The Colour of Courage, Najwa Farah, Christians Aware

Defy the Stars, Jocelyn Hurndall, Bloomsbury, 2007, ISBN-10 0747589445

A Doctor in Galilee, Hatim Kanaaneh, Pluto Press, 2008, ISBN-10 0745327869

An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel, Jeff Halper, Pluto Press, 2008, ISBN-10 0745322263

It’s Easier to get to Heaven than the end of the street, Emma Williams, Bloomsbury, 2007, ISBN-10 0747585598

The Lightbearers, Jean Hatton, Monarch, 2003, ISBN-10 1854246186

My Father was a Freedom Fighter, Ramzy Baroud, Pluto Press 2009, ISBN-10 0745328814

Prickly Pears of Palestine, Hilda Reilly, Eye Books, 2006, ISBN-10 190307052X

The Stones Cry Out, Andrew Ashdown, Christians Aware, 2006, ASIN B001I2DNC6

Human Rights

Facing the Wall: Palestinian Children and Adolescents Speaks about Israeli Separation Wall, Nadera Shalhoub-Devorkian (World Vision Jerusalem in Co-operation with YWCA)

Reflection and Prayer

* Contemporary Way of the Cross: a Liturgical Journey along the Palestinian Via Dolorosa, Sabeel, 2005, 2008

Pilgrim Preacher, Duncan McPhearson, Melisende, 2004 ISBN-10 1901764397

Pilgrims and Peacemakers, Garth Hewitt, BRF, 1996, ISBN-10 0745935370

* Towards the Dawn, Garth Hewitt, SPCK, 2004, ISBN-10 0281055912

Sharing Ways and Wisdoms, Barbara Butler, Kevin Mayhew, 2001, ISBN-10 1840037083

Sparrow Story, the Gospel for Today, David Rhodes, SPCK, 2006, ISBN-10 0281057907

To be a Pilgrim, Jo White & Barbara Butler, Kevin Mayhew, 2002, ISBN-10 1840038470

Stories and Poetry

A Little Piece of Ground, Elizabeth Laird, Macmillan, 2004, ISBN-10 0330437437

Mornings in Jenin, Susan Abulhawa, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2011, ISBN-10 1408809486

Miriam’s Legacy, Patricia Rantisi, Author House UK DS, 2007, ISBN-10 1434304124

My Name is Musa, Patricia Rantisi,, 2012, ISBN-10 1781760888

Oranges in No Man’s Land, Elizabeth Laird, Macmillan, 2006, ISBN-10 0330450271

Rose Stones of Jerusalem, a book of stories and poems, Najwa Farah, Christians Aware, 2002, ISBN-10 1873372213

Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folktale, Retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Alik Arzourmanian, Two Lions, 2006, ISBN-10 0761452257

The Wall, William Sutcliffe, Bloomsbury, 2014, ISBN-10 1408838435

Art and Culture

Embroidery from Palestine, Shelagh Weir, British Museum Press, 2006, ISBN-10 0714125733

In the Footstep of Jesus and the Apostles, Jon Arnold & Stephen Sizer, Eagle, 2003, ISBN-10 0863475833

Palestinian Embroidery Motifs – A Treasury of Stitches 1850-1950, Margarita Skinner, Melisende, 2007, ISBN-10 1901764478

Shattered Dreams: Israel and the Palestinians, Photographs by Judah Passow, Halban, 2008, ISBN-10 1905559062

Students under Occupation Take a Stand: Photographs from the Right to Education Project, Birzeit University Right to Education Campaign, 2006

Guidebooks and Surveys

Palestine and the Palestinians, Giroud Sabri, Alternative Tourism Group, 2005, ISBN-10 9950319013

A Way in the Wilderness, Bishop John Brown, Christians Aware, 2008, ISBN-10 1873372272

* Sabeel Survey on Palestinian Christians, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, 2006, Also online at

Walking in His Steps, Peter Walker & Graham Tomlin, Marshall Pickering, 2001, ISBN-10: 0551532545


Updated February 2015