Friday, June 13, 2014

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Reading List for Tantur in July

I need to read at least four of these books during the month of July. Have not yet decided which of these books I will read. I share it here in case anyone else is interested in these subjects. Fr Dan

Often people ask about reading material on various subjects related to the Holy Land.  This reading list is not necessarily related to Tantur programs but provided as general subject material for extended time here at Tantur.            
Timothy Lowe


Rami Arav and John Rousseau.  Jesus and His World (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995).
James Charlesworth. Jesus Within Judaism (NY: Doubleday, 1988).
K.C. Hanson and Douglas E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008 [2nd Ed.]).
Bruce J. Malina, The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2001 [3rd Ed.]).
Stephen M. Wylen, The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1996).

Holy Land:

Robert Wilken. The Land Called Holy: Palestine in Christian History & Thought. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), I'll probably read this book, since I've read other books by this author.

Archeology/Holy Sites:

Jerome Murphy-O’Connor. The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest time to 1700.  5th Ed.  (NY: Oxford University Press, 2008) - This one also is on my list.

Imaginative History:

Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. O Jerusalem! (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007).
James Michener. The Source. (New York: Random House, 2002).

Political Situation:

In this section, try to read two books, not one: from a Jewish/Israeli perspective and from a Palestinian perspective.

Shlomo Ben Ami, Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).
Rashid Khalidi, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (Boston: Beacon Press, 2007).
Thomas Friedman. From Beirut to Jerusalem. (NY: Doubleday, 1989)
Martin Gilbert. History of Israel. (NY: William Morrow, 1998).
Edward Said. The Question of Palestine. (NY: Vintage Books, 1980).
Elias Chacour. Blood Brothers (Chosen Books, 2003). I will read this one!

Christian Churches in the Holy Land:

William Dalrymple, From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians in the Middle East (New York: Holt Reprints, 1999).
Charles M. Sennott, The Body and the Blood: The Holy Land’s Christians at the Turn of a New Millennium (New York: Public Affairs Books, 2001).

Prepared on 13 June 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Month of July : A journey through the Holy Land with TANTUR institute (overview)

Month of JULY 1-30 :  Tantur Experience

For the month of July, I will be participating in an ecumenical (various religions and faiths) educational program offered by the University of Notre Dame in Isreal. It is called TANTUR Institute: Here is a description of what this program is about:

A Spiritual and Educational Journey Through the Holy Land

Beautiful Caesarea Maritima on the Northern Israeli coast
The Continuing Education Programs of Tantur Ecumenical Institute introduces its participants to many fascinating and unique aspects of the Holy Land.  It is often said that to experience the Holy Land is to live “the fifth Gospel” – that is, once you know the land, you will then understand the other four gospels more deeply.  Our programs weave classroom instruction in such topics as Old and New Testament, Biblical Geography, History of the Middle East and Spirituality with guided tours of the many religious and historical sites this land has to offer. In addition, our Tantur Programs also seek to introduce you, our participants, to the people of this land.  As precious as the holy places are, the “living stones” are those Christians who have faithfully lived in the Holy Land through the centuries, often at great sacrifice.  So we introduce them to you, both in their history and in their contemporary existence.

The Tantur Institute for Ecumenical Studies is situated at a beautiful location on a Hill in Jerusalem, near Bethlehem. It serves as a welcoming place in The Holy Land for visitors who come from all over the world to stay at this Oasis of Learning, Community and Hospitality.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sites I'm viewing to help me on my way:

1. Tantur     I arrive here July 1-30th. One month summer program. 

2. Casa Nova   From Aug 1-10th I will do a spiritual retreat either in a hermitage with the Franciscans on the mount of Olives or at Holy Sepulchre.... (tbd)

3. LOURDES  I then fly to Rome (Aug 11th) and travel right to Lourdes France to spend Aug 12-16th with Our Lady of Lourdes, offering my priesthood, family and friends to her and placing my journey under her protection. I will celebrate Aug 15th the Assumption there, before beginning my Pilgrimage to Santiago, Compostela.

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