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What's Next?: God, Israel and the Future of Iraq - eBook
Moody Publishers / 2004 / ePub
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Charles Dyer, a Middle East expert and officially licensed Israel tour guide, helps sort out the complexities of Mideast violence - the ancient hatreds, the current crises. His extensive travel in Iraq, Israel, and elsewhere allows him to offer a unique "you are there" perspective. Weaving together expert insight, personal stories, and the view of faith, Dyer guides us on a remarkable journey through a treasured and tortured land.
Read more at The Middle East Brief website, including Dr. Dyer's recent interview on the A&E network, as well as his white paper on recent Middle East developments.
Charles Dyer, a Middle East expert and officially licensed Israel tour guide, helps sort out the complexities of Mideast violence- the ancient hatreds and the current crises. His extensive travel in Iraq, Israel, and elsewhere allows him to offer a unique 'you-are-there' perspective. Weaving together expert insight, personal stories, and the view of faith, Dyer guides us on a remarkable journey through a treasured and tortured land.
CHARLES DYER (B.A., Washington Bible College; Th.M. and Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) served for ten years as provost of Moody Bible Institute before becoming professor-at-large of Bible and host of The Land and the Book radio program. He is the author of numerous books, including A Voice in the Wilderness, What's Next?, The Rise of Babylon, and The New Christian Traveler's Guide to the Holy Land. His most recent book is Character Counts: The Power of Personal Integrity.
Atypically for a work of fundamentalist Christian eschatology, this primer takes the historical past of the Middle East as seriously as its prophetic future. Dyer (The Rise of Babylon), provost at the Moody Bible Institute, has a slightly revisionist interpretation of end-times prophecy, one informed by recent upheavals in Iraq. He contends that the Babylon discussed in Revelation is not, as many scholars believe, a recrudescent Rome but a reconstructed Iraq. Awash in oil wealth, the new Babylon will seduce the world economically and participate in complex political wranglings with a pan-European superstate during the seven-year run-up to the final assaults on Israel and the Second Coming. Based on passages from Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelation, Dyer's is a not entirely implausible exegesis of Biblical prophecy, but while it may lure the Left Behind audience, it is somewhat peripheral to the book's main focus on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Spanning the century from the birth of Zionism to the al-Aqsa intifada, Dyer's account of the conflict is more even-handed than the usual fundamentalist cheerleading for the Israeli side. He argues that American evangelicals should support Israel, but acknowledges some Palestinian grievances, insists that God sanctions Palestinians' rights to the land they live on and even gives a sympathetic profile of a former PLO terrorist. Dyer's humanization of Palestinians seems partly an effort to reassure readers about the safety of travel in Israel (he has a sideline in guided tours of the Holy Land), but his nuanced, readable treatment makes this a good introduction to a region that is of central concern to fundamentalists. 8-page photo insert not seen by PW. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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