Fellow TravellersA Comparative Study on the Identity Formation of Jesus-followers from Jewish, Christian and Muslim Background in the Holy Land
Describing their Journey
Messianic Jews, Arab Evangelicals and Muslim-Background Believers in the Holy Land face unique challenges when they follow in the footsteps of Jesus in the places where he walked on this earth. Questions related to their identity seem to be most pressing and, at the same time, deeply puzzling. Who am I? Where do I belong? How do I practice my faith? This book provides an in-depth study on the personal and collective experiences of these Jesus-followers from Jewish, Christian and Muslim backgrounds. It will demonstrate that although they might have the same destination in mind, at times, they take different routes. Nevertheless, when they encounter each other on their faith journey – as fellow travellers – there is a strong sense of connection and belonging between these believers of evangelical faith.
In this important work Lawrence provides us with a fascinating comparative study of identity formation among Jesus-followers in the Holy Land, reminding us of the multi-layered complexity of Messiah-centred faith lived out in Israel today.
This study is unique because it compares groups of Jesus-followers that have such a different cultural and religious background, even while they live in the same geographical and political context. As I have observed the author conducting his research, I have been impressed by the precision of his questioning, the empathy with the people concerned, and the understanding of the complicated issue of religious and social identity. In analysing the outcomes of his enquiry, he has created bridges, enriched our understanding and opened new perspectives.
Book Reviews & Recommendations
“Peter Lawrence’s Fellow Travellers is a fascinating comparative study of the identity development experienced by Messianic Jews, Arab Evangelicals and Muslim-Background Believers in the Holy Land.”
Evangelical Review of Theology