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Book Review Archive

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A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation by Canon Naim Ateek. Published by Orbis Books, 224 pages, ISBN978-150757846 <<< BUY from Amazon using this link>>>

The book explains the reasons for the struggle for justice; the tortuously slow progress made in the last twenty years; why successive peace agreements have failed; and why reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis is as elusive today as it was in 1948 or 1967. While brutally realistic, it is nevertheless a hopeful book, calling for justice for Palestinians, peace for Israelis and reconciliation for both.


An Israeli in Palestine - Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel by Jeff Halper. Published by Pluto Press,  352 pages, ISBN978-0745330716  <<< BUY from Amazon using this link>>>

In this book, the Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider. While the Zionist founders of Israel created a vibrant society, culture and economy, they did so at a high price: Israel could not maintain its exclusive Jewish character without imposing on the country’s Palestinian population policies of ethnic cleansing, occupation, and discrimination. This, Halper argues, is expressed most graphically in its ongoing demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories.


Zion's Christian Soldiers? - The Bible, Israel and the Church by Stephen Sizer. Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 176 pages, ISBN978-1844742141 <<< BUY from Amazon using this link>>>

"Writing as a committed Christian who “sees, hears, sets his heart and declares” (Ezek 40:4) what is revealed in scripture, he (Stephen Sizer) takes us through the orthodox teaching of all the mainstream Christian Churches on the chosen people, the land, Jerusalem, and the ‘end-times’ - in the gospels, in Paul’s letters, and in the apocalyptic writings in the Old and New Testaments."

Review by: Catherine Appleby M.A. is a teacher of Biblical studies who has made several journeys to Palestine. 


The Bible and Zionism: Invented Traditions, Archaeology, and Post-Colonialism in Israel-Palestine by Nur Masalha. Published by Zed Books Ltd, 384 pages, ISBN978-1842777619 <<< BUY from Amazon using this link >>>

"This challenging book is really three books. It charts the history of Zionism in its different phases; the history of the Nakba (the catastrophe of 1948) and subsequent Israeli occupation; and, thirdly, the use and abuse of the Bible in justifying this oppression."

Review by: Mary Grey, the Professorial Research Fellow at St. Mary’s University College Twickenham


Book Reviews in Bible Lands 2002 - 2008

Married to Another Man: Israel's dilemma in Palestine by Ghada Karmi. Published by Pluto Press, 320 pages, ISBN978-0945320656  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

A Case of Confidence by Ian R Smith. Published by Highland, ISBN978-1897913727  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

A Little Piece of Ground by Elizabeth Laird. Published by Macmillan Children's Books, 224 pages, ISBN978-0330437437  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

Palestine & Palestinians by Giroud Sabri. Published by Alternative Tourist Group, Beit Sahour, 450 pages, ISBN978-9950319011  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

Checkpoints and Chances by Katharine von Schubert. Published by Quaker Books, 128 pages, ISBN978-0852453663  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

Iraq: searching for hope by Andrew White. Published by Continuum, 182 pages, ISBN978-0826486304  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

Whose Holy City? by Colin Chapman. Published by Lion, 256 pages, ISBN978-0745951348  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

Pilgrim Preacher: Palestine, Pilgrimage and Preaching by Duncan Macpherson, foreword by Naim Ateek. Published by Melisende, 146 pages, ISBN978-1901764397  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

A Faithful Presence: essays for Kenneth Cragg edited by David Thomas and Clare Amos. Published by Melisende, 424 pages, ISBN978-1901764257  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

The Way of the Cross by Very Revd Michael H Sellors. Published

Rose Stones of Jerusalem. A book of stories and poems by Najwa K Farah. Published by Christians Aware, ISBN1873372212  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>

In Troubled Waters. A history of the Anglican Church in Jerusalem 1841-1998 by Rafiq A Farah. Published by Christians Aware, ISBN1873372167  <<<BUY from Amazon>>>