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  • $ 67
  • English
  • 2013
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Images of Israel

This six-part adult study program empowers groups of Christians to have a robust experience in learning about Israel in its complexity, while bringing Christian theology and values into the conversation.

Watch the video below for an introduction to the course from one of its developers, the Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit. Order the series

Images of Israel empowers groups of North American Christians to have a robust experience in learning about Israel in its complexity, while bringing Christian theology and values into the conversation.

It contains all the materials needed for a six-unit adult study program, with a participant book, a leader’s guide, 14 videos, and supplementary resources. The heart of the project is engagement. Participants work with texts, ideas, images, fellow learners, and leaders to explore Israel - as a state, as a people, as a nation, and as a land - and to clarify the commitment of Christians to work for justice and peace among Palestinians and Jews. 

What You Get

  • 105-page Participant Book in PDF file
  • 124-page Leader Guide in PDF file
  • 4 full-color maps
  • 14 video interviews and presentations including:
    • A Walk on the Via Dolorosa
    • Intersecting Holiness at the Temple Mount
    • Interviews with Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders

Course outline

Holiness

Many Christians call Israel “the Holy Land.”  What does this mean?  We find a gateway to understanding Israel with a walk through Jerusalem, a place holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims in different ways.  From there we move on to see that Israel is a vibrant, modern country, home to both the Palestinian and the Jewish peoples.
 
Covenant

The biblical story of God’s call to Abraham and Sarah forged the collective identity of the Jewish people, who continue today to share a common bond whether they are religious or secular.  As we continue our walk, we explore the present-day implications of the covenant for Jewish identity, Christian self-understanding, and the State of Israel.

Rejection

By tracing Christian teachings about Jews and Judaism from the New Testament through modern church statements, we walk through the long, pervasive Church tradition that God rejected the Jews.  While that tradition challenges the very idea of a Jewish state, recent Christian thinking represents a turn toward a more promising future.

Conflict

Two peoples call the same geographical territory home.  Neither Jews nor Palestinians had been sovereign there for centuries when both sought to create a national identity in the twentieth century.  Some form of sharing the land has been the most consistent approach to addressing the conflict, and we walk with Palestinians into their experience as a people with hope for independence, justice, and peace.

Hope

Here we approach the State of Israel through its Proclamation of Independence, which expresses the enduring aspirations that still shape its life.  We explore what Israel hopes to be, its values and ideals, recognizing that they are both challenges to be met and standards to which Israel holds itself accountable.

Encounter

In beginning to engage Israel, we will have explored five images with our Christian values in mind.  Delving more fully into the shared values of peoplehood and homeland, we develop the constructive foundation on which to continue our encounters with fellow Christians, with the Jewish community, and with Israel.

 
 
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