The politics of Israeli archaeology
Israelis take great interest in archaeology, as findings can validate Jews' ancient claims to the land. Of course, Palestinians have similar claims.
How to help the Palestinians
Boycott and divestment aim to punish Israel. A more constructive strategy is needed.
A rabbi and strong advocate for Palestinians’ rights told me this: "When you Christians start talking about divesting from Israel, it sounds to us as if you are undermining Israel’s economy and thus Israel’s existence. We close ranks."
Palestinian parents don’t fret about drugs or drunk drivers. They worry that the Israeli soldiers will use their M-16s.
Michele Chabin reports that Israeli postal workers are refusing to deliver Hebrew-language New Testaments. Mark Silk asks an interesting question.
The Christian population in Israel has begun to swell again, drawing on wholly different sources than in the past.
Christian Zionists and the West Bank
At American synagogues, Israeli settlement leader Ron Nachman gets a lot of questions. At churches he gets big checks.
Reading the Gospels on the Ground
With his imagination in overdrive, Bruce Fisk has created a fictional character to guide readers through the Holy Land and the thickets of New Testament scholarship.
It is difficult for Jews to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. It's also difficult for Christians to talk about it with Jews.
America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election
Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz have written a thoughtful critical volume on the roots and
costs of chosenness as it pertains to historical and contemporary Israel
and the United States.
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