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A fascinating and scholarly work, this book is based on ten years of research and intense study. It turns the spotlight on traditional Christian interpretation of Israel's position in the biblical prophecies through textual and historical accuracy; it shows how radical Islam fits the description of the End-Times threat.

About the Author

Walid Shoebat was born in Bethlehem of Judea, Israel. As a young man, he became a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel, and was later imprisoned in the Russian Compound, Jerusalem's central prison for incitement and violence against Israel. After moving to the United States, Walid studied the Bible in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam in 1993. Instead, Walid became the convert... to Christianity.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Top Executive Media; 1 edition (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977102114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977102112
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. D Roberts on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Much of this extremely thorough and well written study is written from an autobiographical perspective, describing in some considerable detail the personal experiences and faith of the author, together with an often disturbing insight into the ongoing situation in the Middle East. Particular attention being paid to the Palestinian/Arab-Israeli conflict.

The writer describes himself at the outset as having been born in Bethlehem of Judea, Israel. The significance of this precise statement emanates from the text as the reader is confronted with the author's experiences and personal faith, first as a devout Muslim and then as a born again Christian.

The source pulls no punches as he declares himself to be a former Palestinian Liberation Organisation terrorist who has been imprisoned for his participation in acts of incitement and violence against Israel.

It is difficult to remain unmoved when confronted with the account of how, from childhood, the hatred of Jews is described as having been his "education" and how he grew up believing that it was a righteous thing to hate and kill Jews.

The book describes how Walid's life was turned upside down, when through his studies, he discovered that "..everything that he had been taught about the Jews was a lie..."

The context surrounding this profound change of heart/mind, and what is cited as an "addiction of hate", presents the reader with a series of events encompassing Walid's attempt to convert his wife to Islam.

The book narrates how his wife refused to accept the validity of Walid's virulent hatred of the Jews and how he recounts her saying "show me in the Bible the bad things the Jews did".
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By student on December 9, 2005
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Quite simply, the most honest representation of modern Islamic Terrorism in print- why? Because the author lived it before turning his back on te violence and hatred that had consumed his life.

For the layman, acedemic, or expert, this book must be read.
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This author exposes radical Islam for what it really is. Not political correctness in this book. The person who wrote the review, "A Murky Mase" completely misses the point of the book.
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When Walid Shoebat was a Muslim, his goal was to spread death and destruction. And, under no uncertain terms was this 'extreme'. This was MAINSTREAM. ALL Palestinian children sung songs of killing Jews, dismemberment of Jews, and Jews' "heads rolling". ALL Palestinians were taught from childhood (yes, and infancy) to hate the Jews, that Israel was the Little Satan and the U.S. was the Great Satan, and ALL Palestinians were taught that there was no greater method of dying than to die in the process of killing Jews or Christians. They lived by the credo, "First Saturday, than Sunday", which refers to first killing those that have the Sabbath on Saturday (Jews) and then killing those that have the Sabbath on Sunday (Christians). The author specifically talks about looking forward to his 72 virgins in paradise as a teen. These are MAINSTREAM teachings (that began, by the way, before Israel became a country!).

Mr. Shoebat proves the point unequivocally that the wars in the Middle East, including Israel, has absolutely NOTHING to do with occupation and NOTHING to do with land. It is completely about Jihad and dar al-Islam (a world under Islamic rule or Islamic 'submission'), and he proves this point beyond any doubt.

Now that Walid Shoebat has left Islam and became a Christian, he spends every day risking his life to speak the truth of Islam and Jihad. Consequently, his own father has disowned him for leaving and his own brother has threatened his life and the lives of Walid's children. When one leaves Islam, he is branded an apostate. When one speaks negatively about Islam, he is branded a blasphemist. Both of these labels are punishable by death in Islam.
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"If every Jew in the world were dead," Walid Shoebat writes in his personal memoir, Islamic jihad "would not end. The rest of you are infidels, too: Koreans, Japanese, Britons, anyone--even other Muslims who don't adhere to this cult of violence. The motto is 'Islam to the world.' The earth, they claim, belongs to 'Allah and His prophet'."

This book will be extremely significant to Christians seeking to understand their relationship (and that of their faith) to Israel and the Jewish people. Shoebat is amazingly proficient in biblical texts, and also extraordinarily adept at comparing the Christian and Islamic claims and texts.

But the book is also a valuable resource for all non-Christians who seek an understanding of the radical ideologies that dominate so much Middle Eastern Islamic and Christian discourse. He very well explains the importance--and what he considers errors--of Christian replacement theology, which argues that God's promise to the Jewish people was replaced with a promise to Christians after the Jewish people were dispersed from the holy land of Israel. Shoebat argues persuasively against the replacement theology, which he contends began erroneously to dominate Christian thinking with its introduction by St. Augustine.

However, whether or not one is a believing Christian, of any denomination, it is important to understand the conflicting Christian interpretations of the biblical promises outlined in the Old Testament, or Tenach. For these can and do have significant potential to effect current events and international attitudes and policies.
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