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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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This is a new, revised edition of the 2004 volume that takes into account developments over the last ten years and addresses all reader/reviewer comments.
Readers should expect that this controversial topic will draw extreme reader reviews (see the 2004 edition).  The first review here (Jan 28) is typical, written by a Zionist organization which aims to silence any criticism of Israel.  Each of the concerns listed here could be easily addressed and are generally debated in the literature. 
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Gary M. Burge (PhD, King's College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller, and Encounters with Jesus. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829816607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829816600
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Johnson on August 6, 2007
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This is a book that you will either love or hate depending on your view of Dispensationalism v. Covenant Theology. Here, Burge--a professor at Wheaton College--shows why Zionism is not biblical, as he utilizes history and the Bible to show his point. The Tim LaHayes of the world will wrench their hands in disgust and say that Burge is missing clear evidnece in the Bible regarding the place for the Jews in the end times. Yet many of these hyper-Dispensationalists need to not take their peripheral view of eschatology so seriously. Yes, end times are important, and yes, I think compasion on the Jews is needed. But as Burge points out, what about human rights for everyone? I just finished reading through Isaiah and Jeremiah, and boy, they sure were tough on "God's people" for their sins. I think it is important to show how a person's heritage should not matter since all people are created equal in God's sight, as Paul mentioned in Galatians that there is neither male nor female and neither Jew nor Greek. To classify an entire people as above the moral law and allow their government to persecute another people in the name of biblical presuppositions is immoral and should be condemned. And Burge explains this side very well.

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.
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Gary Burge has written a book that fills a void that is existent in Evangelical publishing circles.
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?
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I have to admit, I can't bring myself to finish this book. Although I understand and love the authors attempt at finding a non-biased middle ground, I believe he missed the mark. I think the one piece missing in his understanding is that of fear. Until you have felt the fear of living in Israel I don't believe you can truly understand this conflict. The heart and soul of zionism is not that of a piece of land... its based on survival. The israeli-Palestinian conflict is really a conflict of the survival of the Jewish people. What I am saying is not pro-this or pro-that, but rather the core of the problem. Any Israeli or Jewish person will tell you that in the back of their hearts is a constant fear... this fear is the driving force of politics, social interactions, foreign relations, economic gain, and almost every aspect of life. And above all, this fear is not fabricated. One doesn't have to look far to rationalize it. One of the many examples is the recent statement by the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood (a major contributer in the Egyptian protests) claiming that it was not the destruction of the zionist state that was important, but the genocide of the Israeli and Jewish people... I am not sure how you react to this, but my heart dropped. Imaging being a part of a people group in which all the nations around you, out numbering you ten fold, sought not only the destruction of your self government, but the death and slaughter of you and your family. This is what Mr. Burge is missing. It is impossible to understand this conflict without understanding the history of the Jewish quest for the freedom of life. Although some of the military responses can and should be criticized, the Israeli desire to live peacefully should not.Read more ›
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