The Body and the Blood: The Holy Land's Christians at the Turn of a New Millennium : a Reporter's Journey

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Public Affairs, 2001 - Religion - 479 pages
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Retracing the path of Jesus's life from Bethlehem, to Egypt, to Nazareth, to what is today Lebanon and finally to Jerusalem, this volume takes readers on a picaresque journey through the modern Middle East. It winds through the vicious tensions of the West Bank, the fundamentalist uprisings of Upper Egypt, the ruins of Beirut, the tribal culture of Jordan, and Jerusalem's messianic underworld to discover Christian life is vanishing in the land where the faith began. The indigenous Christian community, which just two generations ago represented as much as 20 percent of Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Galilee, is now less than two percent of the total population. Historians and demographers fear that native Christianity could virtually disappear in the Holy Land within two more generations. This is all the more poignant in a year in which millions of Christian tourists are descending upon Jerusalem to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of Jesus's birth.

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Book on the problems in Israel/Palestine. Shows why we will never have peace in the area and why we are spinning our wheels in Iraq. Sad reading but very informative. Read full review

The body and the blood: the Holy Land's Christians at the turn of a new millennium: a reporter's journey

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The Boston Globe's Middle East bureau chief takes the reader along on what he calls a journalistic pilgrimage, using the path traveled by Jesus to structure a vivid sketch of the often-overlooked ... Read full review

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Charles M. Sennott is the European Bureau Chief of the "Boston Globe," Through sixteen years as a journalist he has covered the Persian Gulf War, the civil conflict in Northern Ireland, wars in Latin America and Afghanistan, the World Trade Center bombing, and the standoff at Waco. In 1998 George Magazine named Sennott one of the top ten journalists in America; "Boston Magazine" has named him the best reporter in Boston. A Massachusetts native, Sennott and his family live in London.

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