Christians and a Land Called Holy: How We Can Foster Justice, Peace, and Hope

Fair-minded and sympathetic to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian concerns, Lutz and Smith provide a clear account of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and a compelling plea for Christian involvement in the area. Carefully sorting out the tangled historical and religious roots of the problems, they reveal the strong forces at work in the conflict and lay out the driving biblical notions of election and covenant, the historical causes of the bitter and divisive clashes of the last 50 years, the complex demographic and political issues today, how Palestinians (particularly Christians) have been affected by the turmoil, and how, finally, Christians must engage the future of justice and peace. Includes maps and twelve black and white photos.

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Whats So Special about This Space?
Politics Faiths and Fundamentalisms
Division in the Christian Family
The Call to Action
Whose Land Is It?
Index of Scripture
Index of Subjects and Names

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Sida 42 - Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" How could we sing the LORD'S song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
Sida 39 - I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. • I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
Sida 41 - I thought how I would set you among my sons, and give you a pleasant land, a heritage most beauteous of all nations. And I thought you would call me, My Father, and would not turn from following me.
Sida 22 - In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land : whom the Lord of Hosts shall bless, saying, " Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.
Sida 8 - And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity ; for the land is mine : for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
Sida 40 - When you besiege a city for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them; for you may eat of them, but you shall not cut them down.
Sida 40 - ... that you may live long in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give to them and to their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Sida 150 - God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

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Charles P. Lutz, a retired journalist, is Minnesota coordinator of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of twenty national church policy agencies Robert O. Smith is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serving as Lutheran Campus Pastor for the University of Chicago

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