DYING IN THE LAND OF PROMISE
PALESTINE AND PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANITY FROM PENTECOST TO 2000

Donald E Wagner

Dying in the Land of Promise presents the reader with two simultaneous narratives, the dominant of which is the story of Palestinian
Christianity. The narrative is set within the context of Palestine’s changing political and religious history. Gradually the secondary narrative overtakes the Christian narrative, particularly during the last 125 years with the rise of nationalism, Zionism, the triumph of Israel, and the dramatic decline of Palestinian Christianity in the Holy Land.

Written for the non-specialist and geared towards a
Western audience, the volume challenges traditional assumptions articulated in the mainstream media concerning the Christians of Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The history of Palestinian Christianity is tragic and inspiring as it calls for a profund and immediate response from Western Christians and all concerned friends to a communitiy that is truly an endangered species in the ‘land of promise’, given the present rates of emigration, economic blight, and an all too delayed resolution to the political conflict in the Holy Land today.
The Revd Dr Donald E Wagner is an ordained Presbyterian clergymanwho presently serves as Associate Professor of Religion at North Park University in Chicago, where he is also the Executive Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In addition, he has served for the past ten years as the Director of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding.

His previous books include Anxious for Armageddon (1995), Peace or Armageddon (1993), and All in the Name of the Bible (1988). During the 1980s he was National Director of the US Palestine Human Rights Campaign.

‘Don Wagner provides an elegant and comprehensive overview of the Christian communities in the Holy Land. It is a tour de force in one volume.’ Revd Professor Michael Prior

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