Elias Chacour. As a child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. When tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps in 1948, Elias began a long struggle with how to respond. In Blood Brothers, he blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict, exploring whether bitter enemies can ever be reconciled. This book offers hope and insight to help each of us learn to live at peace in a world of tension and terror.

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Elias Chacour. As a child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. When tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps in 1948, Elias began a long struggle with how to respond. In Blood Brothers, he blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict, touching on questions such as:

  • What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East?
  • What does Bible prophecy really have to say?
  • Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled?

Now updated with commentary on the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as a new foreword by Lynne Hybels and Gabe Lyons, this book offers hope and insight that can help each of us learn to live at peace in a world of tension and terror.

240 pp. Paperback.

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Weight12.2 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .625 in
Book author

Elias Chacour

Format

Paperback

Pages

240

Publisher

Baker Books

1 review for Blood Brothers
Elias Chacour

  1. Stan Kornelsen

    In my personal experience, I have often encountered Christians who, on the one hand, say they are opposed to violence and even that they believe Jesus meant what he said about loving one’s enemies; but on the other hand, they rejoice in the military victories of the state of Israel and feel it their duty to encourage Israeli settlers in Palestinian territory since “the land really belongs to them.” These conflicting views are typically justified by appealing to Old Testament prophecies and explaining that Jesus’ teachings do not apply to Israel at the present time.

    In this riveting book, Elias Chacour tells his personal story from his viewpoint as a Palestinian Christian who grew up in Galilee. Chacour tells about how Israeli soldiers came into his peaceful Christian village and forcibly evicted everyone from their homes, never to be allowed to return. He had every human reason to hate these invaders, but as a follower of the Messiah, he eventually chose instead to love and forgive these Jewish newcomers. This was no earthly love—and certainly not one that has characterized this region of the world. Rather, it was a practical, yet supernatural, outworking of Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” (Matt 5:43).

    This story is an important one for Western Christians to read because it challenges both the popular, right-wing evangelical narrative that the people of Israel are in the right when they oppress and displace Palestinians, and the reactionary, left-wing narrative that the Israelis are all evil and the Palestinians are unconditionally in the right. Rather, Chacour shows us that apart from Christ, all humans are broken. In the New Covenant, there is a third way—Jesus’ way of peace and love. In this third way, the meek in God’s New Creation will inherit not only the land of Israel, but the whole earth. Along with his life story, Chacour examines controversial Biblical prophecies about Israel and explains why Jesus’ way is the only way that lasting resolution will ever come to this troubled land in the Middle East.

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