The Land, the Bible, and History: Toward the Land That I Will Show You

The Land, the Bible, and History: Toward the Land That I Will Show You

The Land, the Bible, and History: Toward the Land That I Will Show You

The Land, the Bible, and History: Toward the Land That I Will Show You

Synopsis

This unique book offers a Catholic view of the Holy Land in the debate that rages among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Alain Marchadour and David Neuhaus, two biblical scholars and priests living in Jerusalem, clearly analyze the Promised Land--as concept, history, and contested terrain--in Catholic teaching and doctrine. They offer an analytical reading of the entire Christian Bible (Old and New Testaments) with reference to the idea of the Land promised by God. They explore early and medieval attitudes, especially with regard to the Holy Places and the Jewish people. Moving carefully to the present day, they focus on anti-Semitism, the tragedy of
the Shoah, Western colonialism in the Middle East, the creation of the State of Israel, and the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem as they examine Catholic reactions to the tumultuous events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the renewal of Catholic thought in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. Studying the most recent Church documents, Marchadour and Neuhaus confront the ongoing struggle for peace, justice, and reconciliation in the Middle East. This illuminating book is an essential tool for all those struggling to understand the links between the Bible, the Church, and contemporary Middle Eastern realities, especially in Israel and Palestine.

Excerpt

Anyone even vaguely familiar with the Bible realizes how important the Land is in the Scriptures. in general terms, the Land refers to space created by God for the human person. in more specific terms, it designates the strip of territory once inhabited by the Canaanites, then promised to Abraham on the occasion of his call, becoming for many centuries the residence and homeland of the Jews, only to become, later on, booty divided up among many different peoples.

This portion of the earth that would become known as the Holy Land or, alternatively, as Palestine or Israel, is not only sporadically mentioned in the holy books but has an almost omnipresent quality. This book bears witness to the constant interest in this theme of the Land as it appears in all the books that make up the Holy Scriptures. the authors of the present work have deemed it fitting to read the diverse books of the Bible according to their order in the Christian canon, reviewing and weighing up all of the numerous times that the Land is mentioned almost in each and every page of the Holy Book.

The survey begins in the first chapters of Genesis, with the creation and the ordering of the land inhabited by human beings. However, the theme becomes a burning issue with the call of Abraham, to whom a particular Land is promised, a land in which he and his descendants shall dwell. From this point on the reader is accompanied through the pages of the Bible in studying and analyzing the diverse ways in which . . .

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