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Marchadour (Scripture, emeritus, L'Institut Catholique de Toulouse) and Neuhaus (Scripture, Catholic Seminary of the Holy Land, Bethlehem Univ.), both priests living in Jerusalem, present a specifically Catholic view of the Holy Land in light of the centuries of conflict among Jews, Christians, and Muslims in this small strip of territory whose influence on much of the world greatly exceeds its size. They offer a study of the Holy Land as depicted in the Old and New Testaments, Christian tradition, and contemporary Catholic documents as well as show how attitudes toward the area and its peoples have changed with archaeological discoveries and historic events like the Holocaust. Included are sections on interreligious dialog and issues of justice and peace. The appendix contains a 1984 apostolic letter by Pope John Paul II. Unfortunately, the upbeat nature of some of the content has, to an extent, been eclipsed by the hostility resulting from Pope Benedict's anti-Muslim comments in late 2006. Though the book is well researched and documented, the sectarian viewpoint limits its appeal to academic libraries with an interest in Catholic thought.
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