This present volume is an expanded, updated edition of Saul Colbi's Christianity in the Holy Land, Past and Present, published in 1969. The author has divided this volume into two main sections. The first describes the Christian Churches from their origin to the present day, recording events under the successive regimes in the Holy Land. The history of each of the most important Churches during the past 150 years is discussed in a separate sub-chapter. The 1ncond section of the book, "People, Holy Places, Institutions, Interreligious Relations," seeks to give an account of religious life in the Holy Land today. Much of the data recorded in the book was collected during conversations with local Church representatives, and from the many publications of the local Churches. Includes an appendix of all the holy places and Christian leaders in the country, as well as all 97 Greek Orthodox Patriarchs that have served in the Holy Land. A select bibliography arranged according to subject matter has been included, as well as a detailed index.
The book is intended for students, members of the clergy and interested Christian laity, especially for those who have visited or intend to visit the Holy Land.