Following Jesus in the Holy Land: Pathways of Discipleship through Advent and Lent

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Format: Paperback (116 pages)

Publisher: Sacristy Press

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ISBN: 978-1-78959-041-8

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Synopsis

Following Jesus in the Holy Land is a study book for individual and group use during the Church’s seasons of Advent and Lent. It provides ten chapters (four for Advent, six for Lent) that can be used by individuals or church groups for stimulation and discussion on a week-by-week basis.

Each of the ten chapters chooses a location with particular associations from the life of Jesus, so that this book is a kind of “armchair pilgrimage” through the Holy Land. The chapters each cover something of the history of the places concerned before delving into a connected biblical text, and then drawing out key implications and teaching for contemporary faith. The chapters include suggestions for Bible study and worship as well as ideas of how modern-day disciples can respond to what they have learned from their pilgrimage, real or in their imagination.

This book arose out of several years living in the Holy Land and experiencing the holy places as powerful aids to re-imagining the gospel narratives as well as the seasons of the Church’s year and various stages in Christian life. Viewing the gospel narratives and events through the places associated with them in the Holy Land brings the texts and their meanings to life in a powerful and vivid way. There’s a chapter per week here throughout Advent and Lent.

From the Preface

Stephen Need explores ten holy sites’ pasts and presents, deftly weaving New Testament hermeneutic and church doctrine to cheer and challenge contemporary mores. Spanning Advent and Lent, each chapter concludes with suggestions for Bible study, worship, action, discussion, and further reading, marking an immense but accessible breadth of scholarship. Throughout, locus is subordinate to Gospel imperative: transfiguration (often over-spiritualised) is boldly rooted in transforming action such as Kids4Peace and Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; stooping to enter Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, Philippians 2 rings in your ears; the heat of Caesarea Philippi is terrific, with the cults of Pan and Augustus in the crucible, melting before Peter’s confession. It is all as if I sat in a boat in the midst of a silent Galilee, each surrounding village heavy with Christ, who comes as close as touch in Need’s astounding book.

The Rt Revd David Wilbourne, The Church Times

Stephen W. Need is a former Dean of St George’s College, Jerusalem, and has travelled extensively in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. He is a parish priest in Essex and teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in England’s London Global Gateway. He is the author of several books, including a guide to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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