Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East

Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East

by Bryant Wright


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A clear, in-depth biblical explanation of the origin, history, and significance of the Middle East conflict.

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?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785298434
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 11/21/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bryant Wright is pastor of the 7,700 member Johnson Ferry Baptist Church ( founder of Right From the Heart media ministry (, broadcast in four languages and heard in six countries, mostly on secular radio,television, and the Internet. He and his wife are the parents of three married sons.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

The Biblical Roots of the Middle East Conflict xv

Part 1 The Founders of the Conflict

1 One Man's Decision 3


2 An Everlasting Possession 15

The Holy Land

3 Two Women Who Shaped History 35

Sarah and Hagar

4 Sibling Rivalry 53

Isaac and Ishmael

5 Playing Favorites 65

Isaac and Rebekah, Esau and Jacob

6 Reaping What You Sow 77

Jacob and the Birth of Israel

7 A Miraculous Restoration 93

The State of Israel and Neighboring Arab Nations

8 Israel's Greatest Threat Today 107


Part 2 Conflicting Perspectives

9 The Jewish Perspective 119

10 The Islamic Perspective 137

11 The Christian Perspective 153

Some Final Thoughts: Three Burning Questions 169

Timeline 174

Glossary 177

Study and Discussion Guide 189

Notes 215

About the Author 223

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