Chosen?: Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Chosen?: Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Walter Brueggemann / Feb 28, 2020

Chosen Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli Palestinian Conflict The conflict is only seemingly beyond solution because all historical political problems have solutions if there is enough courage honesty and steadfastness In Chosen Walter Brueggemann explores

  • Title: Chosen?: Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • ISBN: 9780664261542
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • The conflict is only seemingly beyond solution, because all historical political problems have solutions, if there is enough courage, honesty, and steadfastness In Chosen , Walter Brueggemann explores the situation in modern day Israel that raises questions for many Christians who are easily confused when reading biblical accounts of God s saving actions with the Israe The conflict is only seemingly beyond solution, because all historical political problems have solutions, if there is enough courage, honesty, and steadfastness In Chosen , Walter Brueggemann explores the situation in modern day Israel that raises questions for many Christians who are easily confused when reading biblical accounts of God s saving actions with the Israelites Are modern Israeli citizens the descendants of the Israelites in the Bible whom God called chosen Was the promise of land to Moses permanent and irrevocable What about others living in the promised land How should we read the Bible in light of the modern situation Who are the Zionists, and what do they say In four chapters, Brueggemann addresses the main questions people have with regards to what the Bible has to say about this ongoing issue A question and answer section with Walter Brueggemann, a glossary of terms, study guide, and guidelines for respectful dialogue are also included The reader will get answers to their key questions about how to understand God s promises to the biblical people often called Israel and the conflict between Israel and Palestine today.

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      • Walter Brueggemann

        Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary He is the world s leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament The Canon and Christian Imagination, and Reverberations of Faith A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.


    1. I found this to be a brief yet very helpful treatment of of the Israeli-Palestinain conflict from a biblical and Christian perspective. Brueggemann points out that, "much of our reading of the Bible turns out to be an echo of what we thought anyway." How can pre-conceived ideas and ideologies be challenged effectively? Here the author presents some interesting food for thought. This might possibly be a good book for those who are willing to consider again what they think they know.

    2. A short but powerful look at the complexities of the struggle between Israel and Palestine, particularly dealing with the subject of what exactly "chosen" means in its true Biblical definition. It includes discussion and study questions for small groups. An excellent resource for liberal Christians.

    3. How Relevant is the Bible to the Israeli-Palestinian Problem Today?Brueggemann's thesis is that it is necessary to deal with the human rights issues before the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be resolved. He uses the Bible to trace the history of the claims to the land Israel now occupies and tries to draw conclusions about the legitimacy of Israel's claim and the counter claim of the Palestinians. Although he discusses the conflict in terms of the oppression of the Palestinians and the idea th [...]

    4. Brueggemann has brought his considerable intellect and wide command of the Hebrew Scriptures to this text. He raises real questions about both interpretation of scripture and ethics. When you are done reading, you have some thinking to do about the correct Christian response to the middle east conflict. Bruegeeman makes a case that Israel may have been given he land but that her holding the land is conditional upon covenant keeping. There are real challenges here to Israel and to Christians who [...]

    5. This book is a bit heady, and definitely in lecture format but is full of insight and thoughtful explanation regarding this area of the world that has been in conflict for eons! Great read - short, and passionate in its delivery.

    6. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a continuing source of problems not only in the Middle East but for Christians. After generations of deep-rooted anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism being present in our theologies and practices, living in the shadow of the Holocaust it is natural for Christians to support Jewish self-determination, which includes a homeland. At the same time, many Christians, myself included, are uncomfortable with the current state of affairs in Palestine (both Israel and the Pal [...]

    7. A short work by Brueggemann detailing a change of heart he has hard regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue, framed as a work to be used within mainline Protestant denominations to justify and explain divestment from Israel.For his part Brueggemann focuses primarily on the text and theological issues. He attempts to ride the line between certain OT passages which seem to suggest Israel is given the land unconditionally with other passages that make it quite clear it is conditionally given. He do [...]

    8. Brief, concise, and a very quick read. Feels often more like a discussion guide than a real set of arguments, but one can read and enjoy it even while disagreeing with parts.

    9. Not as in depth of a study as I would have expected from Brueggemann. I feel like this was a very surface level treatment of the conflict, and I still have questions.

    10. What can I say about the inner workings of Walter Brueggemann's mind to know his individual stance on the issue, pro or con. What I am led to believe is the question "Does Israel, as a powerfully militarized nation today, have the right to displace all Palestinians from the land once decreed by God, in the Old Testament of the Bible, to be Israel's for all time? And, should Christians in America back Israel as much as they do just for the sake of not being called "antisemitic "?The biggest quest [...]

    11. Walter Bruggemann stands in the top ranks of living Old Testament scholars, and in “Chosen” he puts directs his career of biblical scholarship to work to address one of the most daunting issues of our day: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While it is not unusual for theologians and ethicists to opine about the current political and social issues, the crisis in the Middle East would seem to beg for it more than most, given that the conflict is argued to have arisen from mandates contained in [...]

    12. This little book of 88 pages is ideally suited for a short focus on a consideration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I received a copy of it from my friend, Jane W who had used it as basis for a small group discussion. I read it and was impressed to the point that I recommended it to a group I'm a part of--we start on it tomorrow.To be honest, the Isreaeli-Palesinian has not been on my radar so much during the very troubling 2016 US Presidential campaign. But it is high-time I dug into it a [...]

    13. In this book, Walter Brueggemann presents a surprising twist. I came into this book with the expectation of seeing yet another Christian book arguing for the Jewish nation, and left it - more walked away is the notion - shocked and dismayed that Brueggemann outright attacks the nation of Israel and discredits their military decisions, even though every decision has been made solely for the protection of the Jewish people. Contrary to what the author argues, the nation of Israel deserves its exis [...]

    14. Thank you to NetGalley and Westminster John Knox Press for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.So really this is more a booklet than a book. In the Kindle edition the 114 pages are really about 70 pages content and the rest is compiled of tips and such for having a healthy discussion about the content of the book. So all this to say I read the book in about 2 minutes. *wink* Brueggemann concisely speaks about the promises from God to Israel regarding land and b [...]

    15. This very slim text leaves me with more questions than answers. Title is a bit misleading, as the actual mention of the current conflict is very much superficial. Was hoping for more background. Full review to come.+++++++++allthebookblognamesaretaken.blfacebook/AllTheBookBlI received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have to be upfront and say that I do not know much at all about the conflict aside from the bare bones of it - Israelis and Palestinians are figh [...]

    16. This short little book is a nice introduction for readers of the Bible hoping to make sense of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While Walter Bruggemann supports the historic development of the state of Israeli, and is sensitive in light of the Shoah, he is mindful of human rights issues; he is concerned about the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians; often, within American-Christian circles, there is a deep imbalance towards favouring Israeli rights in neglect of Palestinian ones. I suppose [...]

    17. Well, many more questions than answers. I had to re-read many sentences. Brueggemann makes me think. He addresses ways in which we read the Bible (particularly when those ways are problematic and not true to the context of the text), the issue and claim of election of a people ("chosenness"), theology of land, and Zion and Zionism. He is careful to contrast what he sees as Biblical and what he sees as a modern construct of Biblical claims. I will re-read it. A good line: "The chosen must choose [...]

    18. A Simple Explanation of a Complex Problem If you have ever wanted to understand the complex issues surrounding Israel, Zionism, Christian Zionism, and biblical ideas of Israel this is a perfect resource for you. It isn't a tremendously long book so you can probably read it in about an hour and it has a really good study guide in the back, including prayers to help lead you into group discussions on this very complex topic. Walter Brueggemann has been a brilliant job making a very complex topic a [...]

    19. This is the kind of book that tends to be a bit divisive, as for some it merely affirms a perspective they already held, yet for others functions as an explosive assault on their assumptions - not only because of the book's conclusions, but also (and for some, more importantly) the way it approaches scripture. Curiously, it goes out of it's way to describe basic Bible history and concepts in side notes, as if the anticipated audience is not expected to know things as fundamental as the timeline [...]

    20. The biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann limits his discussion to the concept of “chosen” in the context of the Hebrew bible as it applies to people, nation states and God’s promise. He asks the probative question, “ Does it also confer title to the land?” as claimed in modern times by the Zionists and the State of Israel? He opines that Scripture does not appear to substantiate their claim. It does substantiate that the land can be lost. Military aggression, abuse of human rights subse [...]

    21. This little book tackles big issues. Using the Bible as a guide, Brueggemann questions the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and suggests that Israel may need to rethink the way they are dealing with the Palestinians. While there are no concrete answers, this study definitely leaves the reader with much to contemplate. Focusing on the biblical teaching of "other" (as in "love God, love others"), he challenges America, and Christians in particular, to question their support of Israel, and exac [...]

    22. In this short work the author provides some initial thoughts on understanding the Biblical theme of Israel's chosenness in light of the contemporary Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My own interest in the topic comes from hearing other Christians so readily equate present day Israel with what we read in the Old Testament. I find this problematic and this work offered further food for thought and potential points of discussion in the future. The author continued to reference 'liberal Christians' whi [...]

    23. The book is a thin attempt to sum up the issue of whether or not from a Biblical perspective the people of Israel were actually chosen by God to have the land that Israelis and Palestinians continue to fight over. The book is meant more for Bible classes looking at the issue, and he makes no real conclusion other than both sides of the argument can be demonstrated by verses in the Bible. What he does conclude is that, if there is a promise, it is a conditional promise. The Jewish people repeated [...]

    24. This short book contains Brueggemann's thoughts about the state of Israel. It is not a scholarly look at the issue. He has concerns about the behavior of the state of Israel, particularly the human rights violations toward the Palestinians within their borders. He does look at Scripture, exploring the aspect of Israel being "chosen" and the concept of the land. The strength of this small book is the study guide. It is set up for four sessions and would be a good springboard for discussion about [...]

    25. Dr. Brueggemann's book takes a very brief and mostly unhelpful approach to the complexity of the topic he aims to tackle. The subtitle is misleading; Brueggemann does not attempt to address the complexity of how to read the Bible within this conflict, but rather argues that appeals to Zionism are outdated in our secular modern world of nation-states. Indeed, those who do read the Bible as authoritative in any sense are outside his intended audience (37-38). His book does not attempt to address m [...]

    26. I was very excited to read this when I read the description. I have to say I'm a little disappointed in how oversimplified the issues addressed in this book are. I do not think it does much service to the Christians who would read this to learn more about modern Israel and its roots to the Hebrew Bible. I would, however, recommend this read to any Christian completely clueless to the situation in Israel or who I would feel needs to learn the "other side" as it were. Sadly, too many Christians ar [...]

    27. Not in library. Author an extremely well-respected Heb. Scripture scholar.Rev. In four chapters, Brueggemann addresses the main questions people have with regards to what the Bible has to say about this ongoing issue. A question-and-answer section with Walter Brueggemann, a glossary of terms, study guide, and guidelines for respectful dialogue are also included. The reader will get answers to their key questions about how to understand God's promises to the biblical people often called Israel an [...]

    28. Quick read that covers the issues of using the a Bible in modern day issues in creating peace between Israel and the Palestinians because what is comes down to is reality and what people think the Bible said. It covers the questions and issues and explains why a certain idea might not be seen or work the way people believe. Interesting and a good start to a discussions where I am not sure we will ever get a answer because when religion is at play with reality, there is always a struggle.I receiv [...]

    29. This book would make a great church book study. In 50-ish pages, Brueggemann addresses supersessionism, Zionism, who are the chosen people?, is biblical israel the same as the nation of israel?, and so much more. It is a little heady with a little too much intellectual/theological language, but how could something on this topic not be? The book includes a 4 or 5 session discussion guide which can guide your book group conversation. Very manageable. Very important.

    30. Bruegemann's short book is thought-provoking and informative. Brueggemann writes with the lay-person in mind, urging them to think critically about the modern Israel-Palestine situation through a careful reading of underlying biblical texts. Brueggemann touches on issues such as conditional land possession, care for the "other", and questions modern-day Zionism.

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