"Retracing Jesus's steps in the land where he lived and preached, Charles M. Sennott, the award-winning Middle East correspondent of 'The Boston Globe', finds similar themes resonating today as they did two thousand years ago: economic injustice, military occupation, religious extremism, apocalyptic prophecies, and the quest to control Jerusalem. 'The Body and the Blood' is Sennott's journalistic pilgrimage through the vanishing Christian communities of the Holy Land, from Nazareth to Bethlehem to Egypt and Lebanon and finally Jerusalem itself, during a gripping year that was also a critical turning point for the future of the region. In the course of his journey, Sennott seeks to understand why Christianity is disappearing in the land where the faith began. A century ago, Christians represented as much as 20 percent of the population of what is today Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, but today they comprise less than 2 percent of the total population there. .... The people Sennott meets and the stories they tell reveal an Arab Christian population caught between the forces of political Islam and a powerful Jewish state. They are the forgotten element in the Middle Eastern equation". -- front jacket blurb.
Contents: Prologue -- Author's Note -- I: Anno Domini -- Pilgrimage -- The End of Days -- The Vicar of Christ on Earth -- II: The Birth -- Nazareth: The Annunciation -- Bethlehem: The Manger -- Beit Sahour: The Shepherds' Fields -- Egypt: The Flight -- III: Jesus of Nazareth -- Nazareth: The Family -- Jordan; The Baptism -- The Sea of Galilee: The Ministry -- Lebanon: The Gentiles -- The Mount of Olives: The Lament -- IV: The Passion -- The Garden of Gethsemane: The Agony -- Jerusalem: The Via Dolorosa -- The Road to Emmaus -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgements -- Notes -- Index.
Cover title: Caught in between : the extraordinary story of an Arab Palestinian Christian Israeli.
Includes bibliographical references (pp. 166-7) and index.
This book "gives us the unique insight of a man who defines himself as an 'Arab, Palestinian, Christian, Israeli'." -- Foreword, p. ix.
Contents: Foreword dated Advent 1998 / John L. Peterson, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Home sweet home -- Caught in between -- Present absentees -- A prisoner in his own country -- Eggs for India -- An urgent engagement -- High tea -- For God's sake -- How shall they hear without a preacher ? -- Coal for the cause -- Meeting Arafat -- Vatican and Lebanon -- A prisoner in my own country -- Sulha -- 'Islam in the alternative' -- Bridges to peace -- An endangered species -- Meet the Nazarene -- The Good Samaritan -- Glossary -- Appendix 1: UN Resolutions 181, 242 and 338 -- Appendix 2: Resolutions of the US Episcopal Church's House of Bishops -- Appendix 3: List of Destroyed Palestinian Villages -- Notes -- Index.
OTCH Note: Author was installed as Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East in 1998.
"Following the deportation of 415 Palestinians by the Israeli government to Lebanon, several church bodies called for the return of the deportees to their home. In a letter sent to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, World Council of Churches' Todor Sabev called last December's  deportations a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention".
Volume I: The Palestinians and the churches, by Michael Christopher King, published 1981.
Includes bibliographical endnotes.
"The involvement of the World Council of Churches in the Arab-Israeli conflict dates back to 1948, the year the Council was inaugurated at the Assembly in Amsterdam. That involvement has been both symbolic and practical: it represents the deep concern of churches all over the world for the resolution of the conflict, and it expresses itself in positive initiatives for reconciliation and a continued and considerable programme of humanitarian aid. The story of that involvement up to 1956 was told in an earlier book 'The Palestinians and the Churches', by Michael Christopher King, published 1981. 'Enduring Witness' updates that story, bringing it up to 1980. But it does much more, it surveys the churches' involvement and interprets its significance". -- Foreword, p. [ix].
Contents: Foreword / Ghassan Rubeiz, Moderator of the WCC Middle East Task Force -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction dated Nicosia, Cyprus May 1985 / Larry Ekin -- "This drifting multitude" -- Crises and contradictions -- Flexibility and excellence -- A new vessel -- Continuing crises -- Quiet courage -- "Each day is a fight for life" -- An enduring witness -- Notes -- Abbreviations -- Appendix.
Colophon: Typeset by Thomson Press (India) Ltd., New Delhi. Printed in Switzerland.
"Editor Jim Rosenthal speaks to Stephen Need about his vision for St. George's College [Jerusalem]".
"All of this means that basic tensions continue between Israelis and Palestinians. St. George's College finds itself in an ideal position for introducing people to the Holy Land and to helping them to understand the region. It is also very well placed to help people understand the roots of their faith better. Local Christians feel a sense of support when western Christians share in their worship and hear their stories".
Also includes advertisement listing three courses to be offered in 2006 by St. George's College.
"Bethlehem today experiences fear, violence and division. Security fears of one community leads to division and alienation from its neighbours; the enormous wall built right through the City, consolidates division and marginalization. The promise of peace from of old is still unfulfilled in this City which lies at the heart of our Christian faith. We took the Christmas decorations down weeks ago, to be put away for another year. Yet we should not forget Bethlehem and all its people, Christians, Muslims and Jews, who live the daily reality of fear and division, and we should pray for them and for their leaders continually that all may be led into the way of peace".
"The wood of olive trees uprooted near Bethlehem during the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian crisis is transformed into an emblem of hope and reconciliation. On the shores of the Aegean Sea, a small craft delivered a cross of olive wood from Bethlehem at morning prayer on the first day of the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) near Athens [9-16 May 2005]. It came as a gift from the Christian churches of Jerusalem, a reminder of the birthplace of Christianity and the contemporary struggles of the people there. An ecumenical delegation also presented cross-shaped pendants for each participant, The crosses, large and small, had been fashioned from olive trees uprooted in and around the city of Bethlehem, from Palestinian land that was confiscated as barriers were constructed." "The Right Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, Anglican bishop of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, brought greetings from the Christians of the Holy Land as well as `from all those who are working to make peace in the Middle East'."
"The Holy Land is not the most popular place to visit these days since the latest conflict between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. But for two Delta, B.C. couples making their first visit to that troubled land recently it was an unforgettable journey of discovery". Ernie and Betty Burnett and Walt and Claudette Hayward, parishioners of All Saints Anglican Church, Delta B.C., were accompanied by "their rector and his wife, Rev. Donald and Carleen Gordon who were making their second pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Throughout their 16-day visit, the group stayed at St. George's College in Jerusalem where pilgrims from around the world come to spend time attending lectures and touring biblical sites ... The Anglican college, which is situated in the Arab section of Jerusalem outside the walled city, is affiliated with St. George's Cathedal in the large diocese of Jerusam. Bishop Samir Kafity is the bishop in charge. Principal of the College is Rev. John Peterson". "Although they saw many Israeli armed personnel throughout their visit, the group was able to move about freely, accompanied by a guide or leader". "One day they stopped on the old Roman road to Jericho to rest and meditate as Jesus might have done. The surrounding hills of the wilderness were dotted with Bedouin shepherds and their flocks. 'It wasn't difficult to imagine ourselves back in Jesus' time', Mrs. Howard [sic i.e. Hayward] recalled. Suddenly this peaceful scene was disturbed by the sound of a helicopter flying above their heads, followed by the roar of 14 Israeli fighter jets -- and the pilgrims were jolted back to the reality of life today in the Holy Land".
Author is "a freelance writer and a parishioner at All Saints Anglican Church in Delta, B.C."
Cover title: How long O Lord ? : Christian, Jewish and Muslim voices from the ground and visions for the future in Israel/Palestine.
Includes bibliographical references.
15 chapters/pieces, most of them previously published.
Contents divided into four main sections: Part One: Perspectives on the Past -- Part Two: Voices from the Ground -- Part Three: Visions for the Future -- Appendices.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Foreword / Edmond Browning -- Introduction : An Unfinished Pilgrimage / Maurine and Robert Tobin -- Why Peace Failed : An Oslo Autopsy / Sara Roy -- Palestinian Refugees : Victims of Zionist Ideology / Elaine C. Hagopian -- The Problem of Peace in the Middle East : A Role for the Democratic World / Haidar Abdel-Shafi -- Chosenness, Zionism, and the Implications for Occupation / Martin Federman -- Improbable Alliances in Uncertain Times : Christian Zionism and the Israeli Right / Andrea L. Anderson -- A Most Ungenerous Offer / Jeff Halper -- Suicide Bombers : What is Theologically and Morally Wrong with Suicide Bombings ? : A Palestinian Christian Perspective / Naim Ateek -- Arab Christians : An Endangered Species / Riah Abu El-Assal -- A Peace Movement of Her Own / Gila Svirsky -- The Intifada Journals / Henry R. Carse -- On Christian Advocacy / M. Thomas Shaw -- Healing and Love for Israel and Palestine / Michael Lerner -- Holistic Peace Process for the Middle East / Yehezkel Landau -- A Just Peace / Edward W. Said -- A Clarion Call / Desmond Tutu.
Appendices contain: Glossary -- Chronology of the Historic Land of Palestine from the Ottoman Empire to the Present -- Contributors.
OTCH Note: Anglican/Episcopal contributors include: Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal, Naim Ateek, Bishop Thomas Shaw, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and editors Maurine and Robert Tobin.
The Rev. Robert Assaly, his wife Nancy and their four children, from the Diocese of Ottawa have been serving as Volunteers in Mission in Jerusalem. "Despite 'peace' having broken out here, little has actually improved. The Israeli military is still occupying most of the Left [sic i.e. West] Bank, including where we live. Exclusively Jewish settlements, whose very existence violate international convention, continued to expand on land seized from Palestinians by the Israeli military. The closure of occupied East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank continues and has been tightened. One consequence is that while you are free to come from thousands of miles away to worship at the Church of the Resurrection, the Empty Tomb, many of our friends and neighbours are prevented from entering Jerusalem for any reason, only 500 meters from our home". "While some Palestinian officials ask why they should even have to negotiate to be permitted to hold free elections, the Israeli side refuses to implement even the part of the Oslo accord where they agreed to allow Palestinians to hold these elections last year. Meanwhile, following the massacre by a settler of worshippers in a Hebron mosque last spring [25 February 1994], a new phenomenon emerged and continues -- suicide bombers killing dozens in Israel".