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Book review – A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible Justice and the Palestine-Israel Conflict

A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible Justice and the Palestine-Israel Conflict By Naim Stifan Ateek This book is a gem. We Christians are urged to be disciples of Jesus, and whilst the book is mainly specific to the Palestinian experience, it has so much to teach us about following Jesus in the face of violent oppression, which is on…

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Book review: A Line in the Sand by James Barr

A Line in the Sand by James Barr Review by Colin Chapman ‘This book seeks to explain how many of the problems of the Middle East in the last century can be traced back to the colonial ambitions of Britain and France and in particular to the ‘venomous rivalry’ between them in their struggle for mastery of the region. It…

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Born to be Free by Brian Brown

Book Review Born to be Free: the Indivisibility of Freedom by Brian J Brown A Methodist Minister’s quest for justice and freedom on two continents Having just finished reading this book, I heartily endorse the plaudit on the book’s cover given by John Pritchard, that this book is ‘a remarkable blend of theological, spiritual, pastoral, and political reflections, written with…

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A Wall in Jerusalem by Mark Braverman

A Wall in Jerusalem, Hope, healing, and the struggle for justice in Israel and Palestine by Mark Braverman A quote from the book’s fly leaf summarizes the personal journey you read about in fascinating detail in this book: “Mark is a Jewish American with deep family roots in the Holy Land. Traveling to Israel and Palestine in 2006 ….. transformed…

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Radical Christianity in Palestine and Israel: Liberation and Theology in the Middle East

Radical Christianity in Palestine and Israel: Liberation and Theology in the Middle East by Samuel J Kuruvilla ‘This work is a major contribution to the scholarly literature on contextual theologies and Palestinian theologies of liberation- theologies which have flourished against the odds within the context of ‘occupied’ and colonised Palestine. It is a must read for those interested in truth,…

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Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy by Ben White

Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy by Ben White Janan Abdu is a Palestinian social and feminist campaigner and researcher. Her husband Ameer Makhoul is also a human rights activist on behalf of Palestinians living in Israel; imprisoned, it is feared the motive for his detainment is that he challenges the marginalisation of Palestinian citizens of Israel. In an…

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Resurrection of Peace: a gospel journey to Easter and beyond by Mary Grey

Resurrection of Peace: a gospel journey to Easter and beyond by Mary Grey Mary Grey’s book is a unique mixture of travelogue, Biblical exposition and political commentary on the injustices being visited on the Palestinian people through occupation and oppression. With explorations of Christian themes such as redemption, atonement and resurrection skilfully blended through an imaginary Lenten pilgrimage with acute…

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Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity by Rabbi Brant Rosen

Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity by Rabbi Brant Rosen This is a book well worth reading (and passing on to others). It consists of a series of brief opinion pieces that Rosen put on his blog, starting with his anguished response to the killing of more than 225 people in Gaza in the Israeli military…

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Book Review – Challenging Empire: God, Faithfulness and Resistance

Challenging Empire: God, Faithfulness and Resistance eds., Naim Ateek, Cedar Duaybis and Maureen Tobin, (Jerusalem: Sabeel Ecumenical Centre 2012). Price £12, pp.221. (Available from Friends of Sabeel UK: email ) For those Sabeel members who gathered in Bethlehem, February 2011, for the 8th International Sabeel Conference, this book has been eagerly anticipated: not only does it recall the heady excitement of…

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Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land by Mark Braverman

Fatal Embrace by Mark Braverman: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land In reading this intensely personal book by an American Jew with deep family roots in the Holy Land, I was reminded of another Jew, Jacob Lipchitz, whose statue – Descent of the Spirit – stands in the cloisters of the Abbey Church on Iona.…

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