With the situation in the Middle East being paramount on our news channels recently especially concerning Israel and Gaza, this book gives an excellent overview to the historical events that have lead up to the modern day problems of this often fought over land. It’s a situation that has caused much debate within the church as well as outside it, and Christians need to have a clear understanding of the spiritual as well as the historical issues involved. Steve Maltz provides a lively , easily-to-read introduction and overview to the subject with its complex historical issues. But it is not a comfortable read with many difficult questions requiring answers and perhaps a rethink on some aspects that may differ from current world thoughts and attitudes to the Israel/Palestine question. May I recommend this book to those who wish to try and understand the background of this situation but be prepared to be challenged too.