Theological issues re Israel-Palestine

Resources for studying theological issues relating to Israel-Palestine

To enable concerned Methodists to engage with the theological issues raised by the historical, political, economic, religious and cultural situation of Israel-Palestine, the Faith and Order Committee has prepared a short resource list for further reading.  This list is neither exhaustive nor comprehensive (the field is simply too vast even to consider such an undertaking) but it is broadly representative of the present state of theological scholarship on the subject.

It should be noted that in this much debated area neutrality is rarely possible, and there will be those who defend enthusiastically some of the resources listed below and those who are much more cautious about them.  It is important to state, therefore, that the inclusion of specific works in the following list should not be taken to indicate any kind of approval or endorsement by the Faith and Order Committee or by the Conference.  For this reason, it is worthwhile drawing attention to the fact that published works are listed in alphabetical order, according to the author.

See the 2013 Methodist Conference Report from the Faith and Order Committee on Christian Zionism for the context in which this list is being provided.

Books and Articles

Naim Ateek, Cedar Duaybis, Maurine Tobin, (eds.), Challenging Christian Zionism (London: Melisende, 2005)

Naim Ateek, Marc Ellis, Rosemary Radford-Ruether (eds), Faith and the Intifada: Palestinian Christian Voices (New York: Orbis Books, 1992)

Dan Cohn-Sherbok, The Politics of Apocalypse: The History and Influence of Christian Zionism (Oxford: One World, 2006)

W.D. Davies, The Gospel and the Land: Early Christianity and Jewish Territorial Doctrine (Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1974)

Eugene Korn, The Jewish Connection To Israel, The Promised Land: A Brief Introduction for Christians (Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2008)

Michael Prior, Zionism and the State of Israel: A Moral Enquiry(Routledge, 1999)

Rosemary Radford-Ruether & Herman Ruether, The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 2nd edition (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002)

David Sandmel, Rosann Catalano, Christopher Leighton (eds), Irreconcilable Differences? (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2001)

Michael Shermis and Arthur Zannoni (eds), Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations (New York: Paulist Press, 1991)

Stephen Sizer, Christian Zionism. Road-map to Armageddon?(Nottingham: InterVarsity Press, 2004)

Donald E. Wagner, 'From Zion to Palestine: a journey from Christian Zionism to justice in the Holy Land', in They came and they saw: Western Christian experiences of the Holy Land  (Melisende, 2000), pp 199-209.

Donald E. Wagner, 'Marching to Zion: Western Evangelicals and Jerusalem approaching the year 2000', in Jerusalem: What makes for peace! A Palestinian Christian Contribution to Peacemaking (Melisende, 1997)

Holy Land, Hollow Jubilee: God, justice and Palestinians(Melisende,1999) includes essays by Goran Gunner on 'Christian Zionism in Scandanavia' and Stephen Sizer on 'Christian Zionism: a British perspective'.

Paul Richard Wilkinson, For Zion's Sake: Christian Zionism and the Role of John Nelson Darby (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2007)

Resources from Ecumenical Partners

Land of Promise? An Anglican Exploration of Christian Attitudes to the Holy Land, with special reference to Christian Zionism (The Anglican Communion Network for Inter Faith Concerns:  November 2012)  

Sharing one hope? The Church of England and Christian-Jewish relations: a contribution to a continuing debate [GS Misc 633]

Daniel R. Langton, Children of Zion: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land (Cambridge: The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, 2008) [for the 2008 Lambeth Conference]

Ecumenical Review 64 (2012) contains a number of articles relating to Christianity in the Middle East. [Ecumenical Reviewis a journal of the World Council of Churches]

Journal of Lutheran Ethics (May 2007) offers a Lutheran perspective on Christian Zionism. See: 

Other Resources

The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism (2006) was a statement by leaders of some churches in Jerusalem.

Living Stones is an organization seeking to develop links between churches in Britain and in the Middle East

The website of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. Includes articles, document collection, educational resources, an annotated sourcebook, and related links.
A website devoted to fostering mutual respect and understanding between Christians and Jews around the world. Includes online articles, reviews, reports, official statements, and study resources on Jewish-Christian relations, as well as links to many related organizations.

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