In 1995 the United States Senate and Congress voted to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But every US president since that vote has declined act on that vote. Finally, on December 6th, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s historic capital. Many have asked me since this announcement if this was the right thing to do.
Geography in the Ancient Near East was a physical representation of transcendent reality. Mapping things geographically was a visible form of Israel’s theology. For example, since Jerusalem was central to Israel’s worldview, it was also central to the cartography of the time. The temple therefore was not only at the center of religious, economic, or…Continue reading Matthew’s Geographical Overlay: The Return of the Exiled King
Once again the United States government is trying to use its’ influence through promises of financial and military aid to broker a peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This time it is Secretary of State John Kerry who is attempting to serve as the mediator between the two hostile factions, neither of which are…Continue reading Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land?