Monday, August 4, 2008

New books on non-violence, dialogue

Look for Jean Zaru's new book (Fortress), Occupied with Nonviolence. Jean Zaru is a longtime activist and Quaker leader from Ramallah. Here she brings home the pain and central convictions that animate Christian nonviolence and activity today. Zaru vividly paints the complex realities faced by all parties in Palestine - Jews and Muslims and Christians, Israelis and Palestinians, women and men.

Covenantal Conversations (Fortress, 2008) says the Holy Land conflict is a case study in how Christians should do theological/social/political conversation with Jewish neighbors. A religion teacher at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter—Prof. Darrell Jodock—is the book’s editor and a contributor. Others contribute including Rabbi Barry Cytron of the Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul; Prof. Sarah Henrich, who teaches New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul; and Prof. Mark Swanson, formerly at Luther Seminary, now teaching at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Covenantal Conversations can be ordered from the Minneapolis publisher online. Go to, under “Store Search” enter title. Price: $22.

Also treating interfaith (and intra-Christian) concerns regarding the Palestine/Israel conflict and available from Fortress: Christians and a Land Called Holy by Charles P. Lutz and Robert O. Smith (2006). It is now available at a 20% online discount, $12.

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