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Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians Paperback – June 1, 2004
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The book does have some weak points. First, I read it in the summer of 2007, and with so much that has taken place over the course of these last four years, is in bad need of an update. This is especially true with Hussein no longer an issue and Iraq's future much different than when this book was first written. Another criticism is that Burge really does make it look like the Palestinians are completely innocent and have not caused many of their own problems.Read more ›
The book is rightly described as 'bold' because it seeks to challenge many ingrained assumptions Evangelicals hold in regard to the State of Israel. Still, it should be noted that Burge is relatively conservative on the subject when compared to publications of other secular (or non-American Christian) organisations. On a wider spectrum, Burge is far from radical; yet he is a bold voice within the Evangelical arena.
Burge is not an undiscriminating supporter of Palestinian actions, he wishes to place those actions in a context - not an attempt to justify, but an effort to understand. Thus, his conclusions are not based on a parochial interpretation of particular biblical texts; instead, it is an informed theological, missiological, and even pastoral exploration of the realties present in the conflict.
In a roundabout way, the negative reviews of this book can be considered an endorsement - because Burge hopes to challenge assumptions, those who are unwilling to confront their own biases (nor admit that their exegesis of particular biblical texts are merely one interpretation among many, not canon) will retrogress to previously unchallenged premises. Some reviews merely set forth an opinion about the State of Israel rather than an actual rejoinder to the arguments proposed in 'Whose Land, Whose Promise?'. If Burge successfully took an unbiased and non-dehumanising view of both sides of the conflict, his work would inevitably cause discomfort.
This book is well worth reading. This is not to say that one must agree with all of the author's conclusions (Burge is not looking for undifferentiating disciples); 'Whose Land, Whose Promise?Read more ›
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What an eye opener. God didn't give Israelis the land, but allowed to inhabit the land by keeping his covenants. Read morePublished 2 days ago by M. Louise Cordova
In the ninth chapter titled “Jesus and the Early Christians” of his book, Whose Land? Whose Promises?, Prof. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Theologian/Writer & Lecturer
If you want a nuanced book on the Middle East that shows both sides of a conflict seeded in thousands of years of history this is NOT the book for you. Read morePublished 19 months ago by siloute
I wish everyone would read this book. Christians especially. The author chronicles the history of modern Israel from its formation to the present. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Linda Dunham
It's great to see Professor Burge simplify such a complicated issue by bringing it back to what the Bible has to say on Israel, the Palestinians and the Holy Land.Published on February 17, 2014 by Helene
A truly excellent book that gives one a unbiased view of the true problems in Israel. A must read by all Christians.Published on February 15, 2014 by Johann Smalberger