Israel in Christian Thought

Richard Harries

in After the Evil

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199263134
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600616 | DOI:
Israel in Christian Thought

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The best case for Israel was put by an Anglican scholar, James Parkes, who put forward reasons that were little understood even by Jews at the time. Nevertheless, he acknowledged Palestinian suffering and believed it would need to be recognized and righted. After World War II, churches were slow to recognize the state of Israel but ‘Disregard for its safety and welfare is incompatible with concern for the Jewish people’. How far it is possible to go beyond a recognition in terms of international law to a theological basis is a disputed issue.

Keywords: international law; Israel; Palestinian; James Parkes; theological

Chapter.  5452 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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