Whose Promised Land?: The Continuing Crisis over Israel and PalestineWhose Promised Land?: The Continuing Crisis over Israel and Palestine
Colin Chapman

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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. This book, 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, this book 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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Chapter 1: The Land in History
Basic Facts and Their Interpretation
1.1 The patriarchs: Abrahama, Isaac and Jacob
1.2 The exodus and the conquest of the land under Joshua
1.3 The kingdoms under Saul, David and Solomon
1.4 The kingdoms of Israel and Judah
1.5 The Babylonian exile
1.6 Palestine under the Babylonians, Persians and Greeks
1.7 Palestine under the Romans
1.8 Palestine under the Byzantine empire
1.Palestine under the Arabs and Seljuk Turks
1.10 Palestine under the Crusaders and the Mamluks
1.11 Palestine under the Ottoman Turks
1.12 Palestine under the Mandate
1.13 The UN Partition Plan
1.14 The founding of thestate of Israel
1.15 Conflicts since 1948
1.The peace process since Madrid and Oslo
1.17 Jerusalem and the West Bank since 1967
1.18 Different interpretations of the fact

Chapter 2: The Seeds of Conflict: Call the Next Witness
2.1 Anti-Semitism
2.2 Zionism
2.3 Jewish settlement in the land
2.4 Arab reactions to Jewish settlement
2.5 The Role of Britain
2.6 The role of the United Nations
2.7 Partition and war
2.8 The voice of Israel
2.9 Other Jewish/Israeli voices
2.10 The different voices of the Palestinians
2.11 Conclusions


Chapter 3: The Land Before Christ: 'A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey'
3.1 The promise of the land
3.2 The boundaries of the land
3.3 The conquest of the land
3.4 The land and the temple
3.5 Exile from the land
3.6 The return to the land
3.7 The land and the hopes of Israel
3.8 Conclusions

Chapter 4: The Land After Christ: 'The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth'
4.1 The birth of Jesus the Messiagh
4.2 Jesus and the land
4.3 Jesus and Jerusalem
4.4 The redemption of Israel
4.5 The land in the teaching of the apostles
4.6 John's vision of the final fulfilment of the covenant
4.7 The land and the millennium
4.8 Conclusions

Chapter 5: Other Biblical Themes: 'Is There Any Word from the Lord?'
5.1 A passion for truth
5.2 The problem of prejudice
5.3 The demands of the law
5.4 The prophetic concern for justice
5.5 God's judgment in history
5.6 Suffering injustice
5.7 Rethinking and repentance through disaster
5.8 Jew and the Gentile in the Old Testament
5.9 Jew and Gentile after Jesus the Messiah
5.10 The condemnation of anti-Semitism
5.11 The possibility of reconciliation
5.12 Conclusions


Chapter 6: Realities Today: Is There Any Hope of Resolving the Conflict?
6.1 A crisis of Zionism
6.2 The power equation in the world today
6.3 Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism
6.4 Zionism and Islam
6.5 Conclusions: The options for Israel and questions for the Palestinians

Conclusion: Whose Land?

Appendix 1: Principles of Christian Interpretation of Old Testament Prophecy

Appendix 2: Examples of Christian Interpretation of Old Testament Prophecy

Appendix 3: The Covenant of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement

Index of Biblical Passage
General Index