Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East, Bryant Wright, Thomas Nelson, Nonfiction, 2010, 222 pages.
Synopsis: The current conflict in the Middle East began long before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. It originated when Abraham sinned, distorting God's promise that he and his heirs would make a great nation and inherit the land now called The Holy Land.
A historical and political account, Seeds of Turmoil clearly explains the biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar and the ensuing sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau, whose choices formed the world's three most influential religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
This fascinating insight into the beginnings of the conflict also explains what about the land is so important today. In addition, Wright sheds light on the conflicting Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives and answers the question, Does God play favorites?
My thoughts: If you want the original Biblical history of Israel, and how it’s troubles began, this is the kind of book you ought to look for. However, if you are interested in learning about Israel’s more recent history, I would look elsewhere. Granted, it does give some, but not very much. I found that the author tends to repeat himself, frequently referring back to passages and points already covered.
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My rating: 3 stars
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