Arabs in the Shadow of Israel: The Unfolding of God's Prophetic Plan for Ishmael's Line

Overview

"A masterful piece of scholarship on a much neglected topic."

—Kenneth E. Bailey
Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern New Testament Studies
Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem

Western Christianity's longstanding support of Israel has certainly, but unintentionally, nurtured a bias against Arab people, traditionally tied to Abraham's first son, Ishmael. Lebanese Christian Tony Maalouf contends that this ...

See more details below
Paperback
$14.73
BN.com price
(Save 18%)$17.99 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (16) from $3.14   
  • New (6) from $8.49   
  • Used (10) from $3.14   
Sending request ...

Overview

"A masterful piece of scholarship on a much neglected topic."

—Kenneth E. Bailey
Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern New Testament Studies
Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem

Western Christianity's longstanding support of Israel has certainly, but unintentionally, nurtured a bias against Arab people, traditionally tied to Abraham's first son, Ishmael. Lebanese Christian Tony Maalouf contends that this perspective differs dramatically from the biblical portrayal of Ishmael and the nations that have sprung from him.

By tracing the role of the Arab people throughout Scripture and prophetically into the final moments of history, Maalouf provides a much-needed understanding of a crucial contemporary issue and challenges Christians to think biblically about the complex issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“A rare and extraordinarily helpful book. . . . One of the most thought-provoking, scholarly yet readable books I have seen.”

—Paige Patterson
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“An excellent study for any believer interested in the Middle East and the Arab world.”

—Patrick Cate
President of Christar

“Maalouf tackles the often contentious subject of Arab-Jewish relations with insight, kindness, and clarity.”

—Charles H. Dyer
Senior Vice President and Provost, Moody Bible Institute

Tony Maalouf (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) has served as assistant academic dean and professor of biblical studies at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, Jordan, and as an adjunct professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. He teaches and speaks throughout the Middle East and works on developing theological literature for Christians in the Arab World.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Missiology
Heavy-going at times, this brilliant study by a Lebanese Arab Christian provides the Scripture scholar, and anyone else interested in contemporary Israeli-Arab conflicts in the Middle East, a history of the Arab people reaching back to their biblical roots. . . .Maalouf outdoes himself with another thorough study concerning the Magi at Christ's birth. Contrary to old myths and legends, Maalouf, with internal and external evidence, proves that the Magi were truly Arabs bearing gifts, items drawn from the store of Arab international trade, incense, spices, and gold. Christian missionaries to the Middle East will find this book a must-read.
— Robert B. Fisher
The Criswell College
Maalouf does an excellent job incorporating cultural considerations into his arguments...This work furnishes a needed corrective to the common view of the current Middle East situation and will prove to be critical in getting the Church back to a more complete understanding of how God is working in the region. Carefully considered, the book will give the reader a more comprehensive and less one-dimensional understanding of how we should relate to Arabs today. Consideration of Dr. Maalouf's points will hopefully enhance Christian outreach to the Arab people. With a clearer understanding of the Arabs' role in God's prophetic plan more Christians hopefully will develop a love for the children of Ishmael. And as always, that love will lead to positive action.
— R. Todd Bradley
Pulpit Helps
Most Western Christian support Israel and have a predisposition against the Arab nations. With authoritative scholarship, the Lebanese Christian author and theology teacher investigates Scripture carefully. Tony Maalouf reveals rich insights about Ishmael...There are over 100 pages of endnotes, bibliography and general index. Nevertheless, this thought-provoking scholarly work is very readable.
— A. Karen Davis
WIN-Informer
"Maalouf makes clear the profoundly important role that the Arab has played in biblical times and since, and he displays his burden, like that of Paul, that his own Arab people might be saved."
Faith & Mission
Arabs in the Shadow of Israel is an excellent piece of scholarship. . . . I would endorse and recommend it unreservedly. His work should certainly be essential reading for any Christian claiming a biblical perspective on the peoples of the Middle East.
— Ant Greenham
Bibliotheca Sacra
Anyone interested in the Middle East and the Arab world will benefit from this excellent study.
— Roy B. Zuck
Voice
If you are at all interested in the Middle East today, this book merits your attention.
— Pastor Ken Hornok
Theology Digest
"It is time to present Ishmael from a Christian perspective, and to reclaim him as part of biblical legacy. This will help build a bridge for dialogue with those who claim Ishmael as their ancestor. The biblical legacy of Arabs and Jews has the potential to reconcile both antagonistic parties under the Abrahamic umbrella and to offer the hope of the gospel of peace in an area tyrannized by war."
WIN Informer
Maalouf makes clear the profoundly important role that the Arab has played in biblical times and since, and he displays his burden, like that of Paul, that his own Arab people might be saved.
The Criswell College - R. Todd Bradley
"Maalouf does an excellent job incorporating cultural considerations into his arguments...This work furnishes a needed corrective to the common view of the current Middle East situation and will prove to be critical in getting the Church back to a more complete understanding of how God is working in the region. Carefully considered, the book will give the reader a more comprehensive and less one-dimensional understanding of how we should relate to Arabs today. Consideration of Dr. Maalouf's points will hopefully enhance Christian outreach to the Arab people. With a clearer understanding of the Arabs' role in God's prophetic plan more Christians hopefully will develop a love for the children of Ishmael. And as always, that love will lead to positive action."
Pulpit Helps - A. Karen Davis
"Most Western Christian support Israel and have a predisposition against the Arab nations. With authoritative scholarship, the Lebanese Christian author and theology teacher investigates Scripture carefully. Tony Maalouf reveals rich insights about Ishmael...There are over 100 pages of endnotes, bibliography and general index. Nevertheless, this thought-provoking scholarly work is very readable."
Faith & Mission - Ant Greenham
"Arabs in the Shadow of Israel is an excellent piece of scholarship. . . . I would endorse and recommend it unreservedly. His work should certainly be essential reading for any Christian claiming a biblical perspective on the peoples of the Middle East."
Bibliotheca Sacra - Roy B. Zuck
"Anyone interested in the Middle East and the Arab world will benefit from this excellent study."
Pastor - Ken Hornok
"If you are at all interested in the Middle East today, this book merits your attention."
Missiology - Robert B. Fisher
"Heavy-going at times, this brilliant study by a Lebanese Arab Christian provides the Scripture scholar, and anyone else interested in contemporary Israeli-Arab conflicts in the Middle East, a history of the Arab people reaching back to their biblical roots. . . .Maalouf outdoes himself with another thorough study concerning the Magi at Christ's birth. Contrary to old myths and legends, Maalouf, with internal and external evidence, proves that the Magi were truly Arabs bearing gifts, items drawn from the store of Arab international trade, incense, spices, and gold. Christian missionaries to the Middle East will find this book a must-read."
Voice - Pastor Ken Hornok
"If you are at all interested in the Middle East today, this book merits your attention."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825431845
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,383,625
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Maalouf (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) has served as assistant academic dean and professor of biblical studies at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, Jordan, and as an adjunct professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. He teaches and speaks throughout the Middle East and works on developing theological literature for Christians in the Arab World.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)