In the introduction, Brueggemann restates his support of the state of Israel as a result of the Holocaust and the long history of Christian anti-Semitism.

However, that support should not cause blindness or indifference to the new political reality and the way in which uncritical endorsement does enormous damage to prospects for peace and to the hopes and historical possibilities of the vulnerable. He writes, “The attempt to frame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in terms of anti-Semitism is unpersuasive. More courage and honesty are required amid the realities of human domination and human suffering.”

A question-and-answer section with Walter Brueggemann is also included, further explaining his position on the issue and discussing a possible solution.

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is the author of dozens of books, including Sabbath as Resistance; Introduction to the Old Testament, Second Edition; Mandate to Difference; and From Whom No Secrets Are Hid.

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