Walter Brugggemmann has trained his hermeneutic skills, keen perception of history and deep faith on one of the most important human rights issues confronting the church and the world at large today. Brueggemann's greatness lies in his willingness, indeed his drivenness, to challenge accepted ways of looking at things -- always searching, always open to the new, inviting us, as he concludes in this book, to "differentiate between old mantras and urgent truthfulness." Brueggemann shines a bright light on the core issues - justice, decency, and faithfulness to the tradition in which he is so deeply rooted. This is a groundbreaking and terribly important book, because of the authority Brueggemann brings and because theological investigation is the key that will free Palestinians as well as Israelis from the current tragic impasse. "How do we read the Bible?" Brueggmann asks: "is it credible to make any direct appeal from the ancient promises of land to the state of Israel? We must, he declares, "have the courage to deal with the political realities without being cowed by accusations of anti-Semitism." The "exclusion of the other is suicidal policy," Brueggemann continues, asking those who support modern Israel's territorial claims to be "suspicious of any reading of the Bible that excludes the other" and challenging us to engage with him in bringing the ancient texts into a dialogue with history and with our present circumstances. We expect no less from Walter Brueggemann. As ever, Brueggemann's voice, his compassion, and his courage are a beacon, shining a light where it most needs
—Mark Braverman, author, Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land, Executive Director, Kairos USA.