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Tour Resources

Suggested resources to help participants prepare for the April 26 – May 15, 2017 study tour of Israel/Palestine and Jordan are provided below. 

Israel as Holy Land

Tom Wright, The Way of the Lord. Christian Pilgrimage Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999.

According to the Amazon blurb for the book, Wright here “offers a guide to pilgrimage that also serves as an inspirational introduction to the Christian faith. Wright explores all the sites that travelers usually visit on a tour of the Holy Land.”


Theological-Historical Analysis

Gary M. Burge, Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestines. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press, 2013.

A professor from Wheaton College who has visited the land many times gives one of the best surveys of the history of the region, together with a careful examination of the theological issues involved.


Sonia K. Weaver, What is Palestine-Israel? Answers to Common Questions. Waterloo, ON: Herald Press, 2007.

This is a brief Mennonite Central Committee introduction to the land and the key issues.


​Personal Stories

Izzeldin Abuelaish, I Shall Not HateA Gaza Doctor’s Journey. Toronto, ON: Vintage Canada, 2011.

The story of a Palestinian doctor who lost three daughters and a niece from Israeli shelling, who commits himself not to hate those responsible for the tragedy.


Elias Chacour. Blood Brothers. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 2003.

This is the personal story of Chacour, a Palestinian whose village was taken from him in 1948, but who continued to work for peace. He later founded a school (Mars Elias Educational Institutions, which our tour will try to visit), and became the Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church of the region.


David Harris-Gershon, What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? London: OneWorld, 2013. 

The story of a Jew who wife was nearly killed in a terrorist bombing, who then returns to Israel with the hope of connecting with the terrorist and his family.



Miko Peled, The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Charlottesville, VA: Just World Books, 2012.

Here the son of an Israeli general in the war of 1967 shares his personal story.


Sandy Tolan, The Lemon Tree. An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. New York: Bloomsbury, 2006.

The story of the conflict is uncovered through the personal stories of a Palestinian and a Jew who attempt to retain a relationship with each other.



Historical – Political – Theological Analysis

Ilan​ Pappe, A History of Modern Palestine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006 (2nd edition).

This detailed history of modern Palestine is written by a Jewish scholar attempts to take seriously that it is a land with two peoples.


Kirsten E. Schulze, The Arab-Israeli Conflict. Harlow, England: Pearson Longman, 2008 (2nd edition).

An excellent survey of the events leading to the current state of tension between these two peoples.


Alain Epp​ Weaver (editor), Under Vine and Fig Tree. Biblical Theologies of Land and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Telford, PA: Cascadia Publishing House, 2007.

Essays by a number of MCC-related personnel examining the current tension, questions of land ownership and violence in the light of biblical and theological understandings.