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Author Mark Braverman shows how the Jewish quest for safety and empowerment and the Christian endeavor to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism have combined to suppress the conversations needed to bring about a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land. Fatal Embrace charts Braverman's journey as an American Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel. The book vividly describes the spiritual and psychological forces driving the discourse and is a call to action ...
Author Mark Braverman shows how the Jewish quest for safety and empowerment and the Christian endeavor to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism have combined to suppress the conversations needed to bring about a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land. Fatal Embrace charts Braverman's journey as an American Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel. The book vividly describes the spiritual and psychological forces driving the discourse and is a call to action to Americans of all faiths.
List of Maps xi
Part 1 Breaking the Spell
Chapter 1 The Moment of Truth 15
Chapter 2 My Journey 27
Chapter 3 Anti-Semitism, Jewish Identity, and the State of Israel 49
Chapter 4 A Movement of Hope and Desire 75
Part 2 Beyond Atonement
Chapter 5 Undoing the Damage: Post-Holocaust Christian Theology 105
Chapter 6 Theological Urgency and the Promise of the Land 123
Chapter 7 Walter Brueggemann and the Prophetic Imagination 153
Chapter 8 Progressive Christianity, Israel, and the Challenge of Reform 169
Part 3 Beyond Interfaith
Chapter 9 Except Thou Bless Me: Jewish Progressives Wrestle with Israel 191
Chapter 10 The Myth of Redemptive Violence 231
Chapter 11 A New Covenant 251
Chapter 12 Reenvisioning Israel and the Role of the Church 267
Chapter 13 A Call to Action 287
Appendix A Resources for Information, Connection, and Further Study 319
Appendix B Christian Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism: The Case of the Presbyterian Church 331
Appendix C Sermons 349
Reference List 371
About the Author 381
Posted April 2, 2010
Perhaps it is time for a more complete understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict! Mark Braverman and many of his known and unknown colleagues, peers and readers certainly make this presentation a quest for peace based on a perhaps set of facts and opinions often ignored for the wrong reasons. This is a hot topic and Braverman's controversial ideas will make many nod their heads in agreement and will unfortunately fan the flames of those incendiary tempers already impassioned by hatred on this topic!!!
Braverman charts this topic first in an overview of Christian/Jewish issues, next in presenting his own personal arrival at his present perspective, third on the impact of anti-Semitism both past and present, and lastly, the topic of Zionism. Overall the theme of this critical text is "balance," a balanced perspective that is unafraid to call prejudice what it is, an honest appraisal of how much reaction to anti-Semitism is a knee-jerk reaction that calls any criticism of Israel anti-Semitism. The author examines the events of the last seventy years, and even beyond that, and arrives at the conclusion that such efforts have been preordained to failure because the motivations behind them are tainted by hatred, fear and shame.
Just what is the solution? The balanced perspective called for in this thematic presentation is one that calls for examination of one's own personal beliefs and shadowed perspective as well as new form of religious, historical and political response. One might only hope that such as new road might progress toward a different future for the Middle East than that which appears to be following the same repetitive cycle of misunderstanding, apathy, militant response, etc.
A mark of an educated person (not only in the book or school sense) is an ability to listen, think and contemplate a balanced presentation of any topic. It is to that ability within all human beings that Braverman addresses his call for peace and justice in both Israelis, Palestinians and the remaining observers, as well as those who hold an eminent role in defining and executing policy in this area.
Fatal Embrace is an admirable, highly recommended work which will draw forth multiple responses this reviewer will eagerly be monitoring.
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on April 2, 2010
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