THE HISTORY OF PALESTINE
edited by Michael Prior C.M.
The history of Palestine has been written mostly by Western scholars,
who have had their own agenda: to find the roots of European culture.
As a result, they have presented a distorted picture of Palestine,
determined by the particular standpoint of the Bible.
Although the papers in this book reflect
on Israel-Palestine from different perspectives, they reflect common
concern, a passion for historical truth, and for contemporary justice
Three papers deal with the controlling
role of the narrative of the Bible in discussions about the region.
Although the focus is distinctive in each case, Professors Whitelam,
Thompson and Prior insist that the biblical narratives must be examined
in terms both of their literary forms and the circumstances of their
composition. Whitelam and Thompson are particularly sensitive to
the influence of nineteenth- and twentieth-century European concepts
of nation and state, which have distorted the real past of history.
Prior concentrates on the moral burden of the land traditions of
the Bible, which appear to legitimise and even mandate what our
generation would regard as crimes against humanity. The fourth paper
by Professor Quigley situates an aspect of the contemporary Israel-Palestine
conflict in the wider context of international law and conventions
on human rights.
Michael Prior, Department of Theology
and Religious Studies, St Mary's College, University of Surrey,
John Quigley, Professor of Law and
Political Science at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Thomas L Thompson, Professor of Old
Testament in the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Keith W Whitelam, Professor of Religious
Studies and Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University
of Stirling, Scotland.
216 x 138 mm, 128 pages, paperback
ISBN 1 901764 02 8