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on 12 October 2008
In this area that is so beset by un-thinking dogma Colin Chapman speaks with balance, knowledge, wisdom and sound common sense. Read this book if you honestly want to learn about the issues and get an understanding of the background to this complex and intractable conflict. The issues are too deep and complex for any one book to address but this is an excellent introduction. Heartily recommended.
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on 30 June 2013
A very helpful, and well researched book for the ordinary reader wishing to understand the topic. I would certainly commend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the various theological positions.
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on 26 September 2008
Due to the rampant popularity of Christian Zionism, the bafflingly illogical ideology which claims that the Christian church is somehow subservient to the state of Israel, Colin Chapman is frequently villified as an anti-Semite. This could not be further from the truth. In this book he examines the history of the modern land of Israel, the people who have held it over the years, the nature of old Testament prophecies concerning the Jews, and the recent political history of the region, particularly since 1948, and he gives a sensitive and intelligent overview of this whole troubled situation. Unfortunately, many Christians are now so obsessed with eschatological predictions and so militant in their support of Israel that this is enough to make Mr Chapman unpopular in many circles.

Your opinion of this book is likely to be determined by the way you view Israel and the way you interpret the Bible. I found it a sensitive, intelligent, and sincere plea for justice and reconciliation in the Middle East, and I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to study the region dispassionately and sensibly.
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on 4 March 2016
Good background to current Istael/Palestine situation.
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on 4 July 2016
There's an enormous amount of half-truth, misinformation, propaganda and fuzzy thinking concerning this issue. "Christian Zionism2 especially is a pernicious and somewhat poisonous doctrine that appears to have sprung up in the last half-century and which is used as a religious ideology giving credence to a political ideology - the politics is allowed to take precedence over the Christianity, which is somewhat putting the cart before the horse. Its strident discpiles have gathered a lot of followers especially in the USA, and anything which challenges this half-baked doctrine and provides genuine argument against is to be appreciated. What is it now - four billion a year in dole to Israel from American taxpayers' money? This work offers a balanced and reasoned and well-supported case. Reccomended!
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on 20 January 2016
Excellent overview of a most complex situation-to be recommended reading.
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on 4 May 2002
This book deals with the decades-old Israeli Palestinian conflict. Written by someone who has spent significant amounts of time in the Middle East and first published after the 1982 Israeli invasion of South Lebanon, it is even more relevant today.
It provides a brief yet comprehensive historical background to the people that have inhabited the land of Palestine over the centuries.
An analysis of Zionism, its roots, ideals and implementation is undetaken by referring to texts written by the pioneers of the Zionist movement. An analyisis of both Arab and Israeli claims to the land of Palestine in provided. Finally, the Bible and those parts of it that pertain to the Zionist claims are examined.
It is left for the reader to decide whose promised land the land of Palestine is.
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on 18 August 2014
This is still such an important book. I wish it could be updated.
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on 7 July 2014
Thorough, clearly written. Not quite up to date.
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on 4 March 2016
Very good on the history. Sadly not so good on the theology. Much of his argument hinges on what he believes John 7:38 refers to in the Old Testament. He seems unaware that there are other more likely references.
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