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Joshua in the Holy Land

Joseph F Girzone

Joshua in the Holy Land

Joseph F Girzone

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Contents^^205 pages in 19 chapters^

- Publisher Joshua has come home.^But home is no more peaceful than it was during the "time long ago" remembered by Joshua. Violent, seemingly intractable disputes poison the very air. It falls to Joshua, retracing the path taken two millennia ago, to lead his followers to peace in this world as well as in the next. "Joshua in the Holy Land" will carry every reader back to where it all began.^Back to Nazareth and Bethlehem.^Back to Capernaum and Bethany.^Back to Jerusalem.^Full of resonances with the Gospels, "Joshua in the Holy Land" is a profoundly satisfying addition to the Joshua phenomenon.^

- Publisher Chapter 1 A blazing sun beat upon the desert sands, painting strange images across an overheated horizon. A lonely figure walked with determined step along a trackless path toward his destination. His loose brown pullover shirt, his tan pants, his sandals seemed out of place in the desert. Only his desert headgear seemed to fit the scene. He was humming a light tune as he walked briskly along, looking here and there as if for something to distract him from the monotony of the barren wasteland.Off to the right a young lamb staggered along the top of a dune, confused and obviously lost. The man walked toward the frightened animal, bent down, cuddled its head between his hands, and rubbed its ears gently. The animal didn't resist, merely looked up at him as if pleading. Picking up the lamb, he placed it on his shoulders, and continued on his way.Hills of sand stretched endlessly on every side. How could anyone find his way in such a place, with no reference points? But the wanderer pushed on, knowing precisely where his steps were leading as if he had lived here all his life. Over one more sand dune, then another, and finally in the distance, an oasis: tall palm trees shooting majestically from the sand, tents spread like giant mushrooms around a pool of cool water that glistened like an emerald in the setting sun.An old man sat pensively on an Oriental rug before a fire, with legs crossed, smoking a water pipe. His face was thin and taut, his fingers gnarled and tough like leather. The stranger approached him, and bowing, greeted him in Arabic, "Salaam aleichem, my friend. My name is Joshua. Wandering through the desert I found this lamb walking aimlessly. I thought it might belong to your family, so I am leaving it with you."With that, Joshua took the lamb from his shoulders and placed it on the ground. The lamb spotted a little girl about nine years old and immediately ran over to her. The girl noticed it and screamed in delight.The old man turned toward Joshua, eyed him critically, looking deeply into his eyes, and introduced himself. "My name is Ibrahim Saud. These are my family," he said as he proudly motioned with a sweep of his arm toward the hundred or so people milling around the camp. "I am grateful to you for bringing back my granddaughter's lamb. It is her pet and has been lost since early morning. She has been crying all day. I would be honored if you would stay and eat with us. It is getting dark, and the desert is treacherous. Sleep here for the night. It will be safer."Children were walking timidly toward Joshua from different directions. When he noticed them, he turned and smiled. Gradually they walked over and surrounded him and the old man.Speaking in Arabic, Joshua asked their names. The girl who owned the lamb told Joshua her name was Miriam."That is a beautiful name," Joshua told her. "It is my mother's name.""Is your mother beautiful?" the girl asked as she kept stroking the lamb in her arms."Yes, she is very beautiful," Joshua answered."Where did you find my lamb?" she asked. She eyed Joshua from head to foot, noticing how different he looked."Not too far away, just over that hill and the next one beyond," Joshua responded."Was he looking for me?" she continued."He was looking everywhere but could not find you," Joshua reassured the girl, to her delight, then continued, "Couldn't you tell how glad he was to see you?""Yes, he means more to me than anything in this world," she told him. "He was my birthday present. My grandfather gave him to me.""Isqar, your look tells me you have a thousand questions to ask me," Joshua said to a boy who kept staring at him."Yes," the boy replied, surprised that the stranger knew his name. "Where were you coming from, and where are you going? People don't just wander around the desert. The nearest bedouin family is miles away from here, and you aren't one of them.""I am just passing on, st

- Publisher

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Contents^^205 pages in 19 chapters^
- Publisher

Joshua has come home.^But home is no more peaceful than it was during the "time long ago" remembered by Joshua. Violent, seemingly intractable disputes poison the very air. It falls to Joshua, retracing the path taken two millennia ago, to lead his followers to peace in this world as well as in the next. "Joshua in the Holy Land" will carry every reader back to where it all began.^Back to Nazareth and Bethlehem.^Back to Capernaum and Bethany.^Back to Jerusalem.^Full of resonances with the Gospels, "Joshua in the Holy Land" is a profoundly satisfying addition to the Joshua phenomenon.^
- Publisher

Chapter 1 A blazing sun beat upon the desert sands, painting strange images across an overheated horizon. A lonely figure walked with determined step along a trackless path toward his destination. His loose brown pullover shirt, his tan pants, his sandals seemed out of place in the desert. Only his desert headgear seemed to fit the scene. He was humming a light tune as he walked briskly along, looking here and there as if for something to distract him from the monotony of the barren wasteland.Off to the right a young lamb staggered along the top of a dune, confused and obviously lost. The man walked toward the frightened animal, bent down, cuddled its head between his hands, and rubbed its ears gently. The animal didn't resist, merely looked up at him as if pleading. Picking up the lamb, he placed it on his shoulders, and continued on his way.Hills of sand stretched endlessly on every side. How could anyone find his way in such a place, with no reference points? But the wanderer pushed on, knowing precisely where his steps were leading as if he had lived here all his life. Over one more sand dune, then another, and finally in the distance, an oasis: tall palm trees shooting majestically from the sand, tents spread like giant mushrooms around a pool of cool water that glistened like an emerald in the setting sun.An old man sat pensively on an Oriental rug before a fire, with legs crossed, smoking a water pipe. His face was thin and taut, his fingers gnarled and tough like leather. The stranger approached him, and bowing, greeted him in Arabic, "Salaam aleichem, my friend. My name is Joshua. Wandering through the desert I found this lamb walking aimlessly. I thought it might belong to your family, so I am leaving it with you."With that, Joshua took the lamb from his shoulders and placed it on the ground. The lamb spotted a little girl about nine years old and immediately ran over to her. The girl noticed it and screamed in delight.The old man turned toward Joshua, eyed him critically, looking deeply into his eyes, and introduced himself. "My name is Ibrahim Saud. These are my family," he said as he proudly motioned with a sweep of his arm toward the hundred or so people milling around the camp. "I am grateful to you for bringing back my granddaughter's lamb. It is her pet and has been lost since early morning. She has been crying all day. I would be honored if you would stay and eat with us. It is getting dark, and the desert is treacherous. Sleep here for the night. It will be safer."Children were walking timidly toward Joshua from different directions. When he noticed them, he turned and smiled. Gradually they walked over and surrounded him and the old man.Speaking in Arabic, Joshua asked their names. The girl who owned the lamb told Joshua her name was Miriam."That is a beautiful name," Joshua told her. "It is my mother's name.""Is your mother beautiful?" the girl asked as she kept stroking the lamb in her arms."Yes, she is very beautiful," Joshua answered."Where did you find my lamb?" she asked. She eyed Joshua from head to foot, noticing how different he looked."Not too far away, just over that hill and the next one beyond," Joshua responded."Was he looking for me?" she continued."He was looking everywhere but could not find you," Joshua reassured the girl, to her delight, then continued, "Couldn't you tell how glad he was to see you?""Yes, he means more to me than anything in this world," she told him. "He was my birthday present. My grandfather gave him to me.""Isqar, your look tells me you have a thousand questions to ask me," Joshua said to a boy who kept staring at him."Yes," the boy replied, surprised that the stranger knew his name. "Where were you coming from, and where are you going? People don't just wander around the desert. The nearest bedouin family is miles away from here, and you aren't one of them.""I am just passing on, st
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Joseph F Girzone

Joseph Girzone retired from the active priesthood in 1981 and embarked on a second career as a writer and speaker. In 1995 he established the Joshua Foundation, an organization dedicated to making Jesus better known throughout the world. His bestselling books include Joshua; A Portrait of Jesus; Never Alone and most recently The Wisdom of His Compassion:Meditations on the Words and Actions of Jesus and Jesus. He lives in Altamont, New York.

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  • Catalogue Code 235275
  • Product Code 0684813440
  • EAN 9780684813448
  • Pages 224
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date Mar 2005
  • Sales Rank #20461
  • Dimensions 203 x 133 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.194kg

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