A window into the Jewish People’s connection to Israel—
written especially for Christians.
“Israel has taken Jewish sacred history, peoplehood, and ethics out of the realm of speculation and put them into the crucible of real life experience. In returning the Jewish People to its homeland, Israel has returned Jews to material reality—with all its challenges. The Jewish People’s return to the Land returns Judaism to its original vision and the Jewish People to the responsibilities of the biblical covenant.”
—from Chapter 9
Along with illuminating the importance of Israel for Jews, this special book examines the Jewish return to Zion as a significant theological event that strengthens the foundations of the Christian faith and its mission.
In clear and accessible language, this introduction guides Christians through the essential meanings of Israel for the Jewish People and for the world. It defines Israel as an indispensable part of Judaism’s vision for the Jewish People to be “a kingdom of priests and a holy people,” as a partner with God in the Bible’s sacred covenant. It examines Israel, a sovereign Jewish state, as a safe refuge and home for Jews fleeing persecution anywhere in the world, and how this gives meaning to the Jewish People’s convictions that the future can be more secure than the past.
The State of Israel stands at the center of how Jews see themselves today as individuals as well as at the center of the Jewish People’s collective self-perception. As a result, understanding Judaism and the Jewish People is possible only by grasping the Jewish hopes, dreams and experiences that center around Israel, the promised land.
About the Author
Rabbi Eugene Korn, PhD, is executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University and editor of Meorot—A Forum of Modern Orthodox Discourse. He has written widely on Israel, Jewish thought, and interfaith relations, including his book The Jewish Connection to Israel, the Promised Land: A Brief Introduction for Christians, and is co-editor of End of an Exile: Israel, the Jews and the Gentile World; and Two Faiths, One Covenant?: Jewish and Christian Identity in the Presence of the Other.
Rabbi Eugene Korn, PhD, is available to speak on the following topics:
- Modern Jewish-Christian Relations: A Good Revolution
- Israel and Christians in the Middle East
- What are Jewish Ethics Regarding Christians and Other Gentiles?
- Why Israel Is the Best Hope for Middle East Christians Today
- Can Judaism and Christianity Make Room for Each Other?
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations Introduction Part I: The Biblical Dream Land and Covenant: The Bible and the Birth of the Jewish People National Life, Holiness, and Politics: Jewish Destiny and the Covenantal Dream Jewish Sovereignty in the Ancient World Part II: A People and Its God in Exile Loss of Place and Life in the Diaspora Modern Promises, Stirrings of Return, and the Holocaust Part III: Returning Home Statehood and Young Israel Israel Today Israel and Her Arab Neighbors Part IV: The Future and the Hope Israel of Tomorrow: The Meaning of Israel for World Values and Culture Notes Suggestions for Further Reading
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3700 years of history in 150 pages -- it is of necessity going to be a "brief introduction." This is probably a worthwhile book for anyone who doesn't have much knowledge of the history of the Old Testament, or of the Jewish Diaspora. A good third of the book is devoted to the establishment of the modern nation of Israel and its history.The author tends to strengthen arguments which support the ancient Jewish connection to the land of Israel. For example, he claims that "except for some seventy years, Jewish sovereignty was continuous until 67 CE" (page 25). I wouldn't consider the centuries as continuous sovereignty, when under the rule of Persian, Greek and Roman empires. He attributes the increasing Arab population in Palestine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the improved economic and agricultural environment provided by Jews returning to an empty land, answering arguments that the Jews took over land belonging to Palestinians. An early chapter relates the Jewish covenant relationship with God to the concreteness of the specific Land. This is the strongest part of the book. Korn's explanation of how the Land is transformed, in Christianity, to the Body of Christ, concrete for abstract, provides a useful basis for those of us with Christian backgrounds and understandings to grasp the significance of Israel to the Jewish people.