This is an excellent well written book which needs to be read by anyone & everyone with an interest in the region.
A collection of ten essays by both Christians & Jews address a plethora of subjects as outlined in the list below.
Confronting eschatology (Biblical prophecy), the Hebrew Christian Scriptures (relating to both Israel and the Church), regional history & the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, this brilliant study is suitable for both newcomers & those more familiar with the subject matter.
Section 1 The Restoration of Israel and the Kingdom of God; Tim Price The Day of the Lord; David Noakes The Road to the Holocaust; Derek White
Section 2 Reading and Understanding Scripture; Towards a Biblical Hermeneutic of Israel; Tim Price Israel in the Land - A Legal View; Gerald Adler Christians, Israel and the Struggle for Peace; Geoffrey Smith Just Peacemaking Theory; Fred Wright
Section 3 Nineteeth Century Middle East Enigma; Murray Dixon From Death to Life; The Restoration of Jewish Yeshua - Believers in the Land of Israel; Gershon Nerel Can These Bones Live; Ken Burnett
Section 4 Spiritual Intifada of Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews; Gershon Nerel Generations of Poverty; The Question of Palestinian Refugees: Nick Gray Aspects of International Terrorism; Fred Wright
Section 5 The Restoration of All Things; David Noakes The Jewish People in the End Times; Fred Wright
In my opinion two quotes from the text are extremely appropriate to many of the issues addressed;
The ultimate Authority saying of His people Israel; ".... for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye." (Zechariah 2; v8)
and in relation to the Land, He unambiguously and uniquely declares; 'The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine..." (Leviticus 25; v23)
The reader being shown how the Hebrew Christian Bible shows that God chose a man for the purpose of creating a special nation - a nation through whom the Lord God of Israel, of His own choice, committed Himself to subsequently bring the Messiah (Jesus Christ) into the World through the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - through the tribe of Judah & specifically from the line of David - a people who we now refer to as the Jews.
The man chosen was called Abram, who later became Abraham, from Ur of the Chaldeans. God made a unique covenant with his descendants to facilitate this purpose.
Many ask why would God choose to identify Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob & their descendants. Similarly many also ask what is so special about these people that God should choose them & not us. The book reveals that such answers are founded in the Sovereignty of God. The people concerned possessed no natural claim of their own on God. God freely initiating the relationship with them of His own accord & for His own Sovereign purposes.
The behaviour of the Hebrews in the Land, their dispersal, regathering & restoration are all addressed detail and the doctrine of 'replacement theology' is utterly refuted with due reference & context.
From a spiritual perspective it is shown in the study how the Devil knows that his time is short & continues his agenda to destroy the Jewish people, their Land & city of Jerusalem, thereby thwarting the prophetic/redemptive agenda of the Lord God of Israel as promised in the Scriptures.
This shown to be why the world is increasingly siding with the Palestinian/Arab world in a process where Israel is constantly being denigrated, delegitimized, ridiculed & hated on a global level. This as the nations attempt to 'divide up' Jerusalem/Land which God has clearly stated to be His own & territory promised as an eternal inheritance to the Jewish people - in order that these territories be given to those who worship another God which the book shows in no uncertain terms is not the God of the Bible. A process which promises a judgement outlined in Joel ch3.
The significance and importance of the following in such a context being addressed in some detail;-
a) The Jews; a people who God has promised to redeem.
b) Israel; a Land to where Jesus has promised to return.
c) Jerusalem; a city that God has chosen as His own.
When the Creator of the Universe, devotes so much of His Word to the Land, His Covenant and His people, the text asks is it not wise to listen to what He says? His Word shown to be replete, not only with references to the boundaries of the Land promised to the Jews as an eternal inheritance, but also with His Promises pertaining to their regathering to the Land in the latter days, immediately preceding the return of Messiah.
The study showing how in the Hebrew Christian Scriptures, Old Testament Prophet after Prophet told of the restoration of Israel after being dispersed into all the world. God cited as having sent Prophets to Israel to warn them of the coming judgment on the nation, but that these same prophets also comforted the Jewish people by telling them the nation would be restored. The Prophets also speaking of the coming of the Messiah with the prophecies revealing that, before His return Israel had to be restored to their Land.
The book's authors making it very clear that it is extremely important for both Jews and Christians to understand God's plan for Israel - the script of which has already been written by the Prophets where a thread of understanding about the Nation of Israel is woven throughout the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.
I cannot recommend this brilliant book highly enough as well as those below. Thank you for your time.