Out of Hebrew Palestine and its ancient rigors and wars came the Psalms of David, the prophecies of Isaiah, the cosmography of Job. And out of it, nearly two thousand years ago, came the most wonderful thing that has ever happened on this planet: the birth of a male child to the betrothed wife of an obscure Jewish carpenter which changed and transfigured the potentialities of the human mind and spirit. For Jesus Christ of Nazareth, born in the strange, wild, war-racked country of this turbulent, restless race, discovered and revealed to man something far more wonderful, and in the long run far more powerful, than gunpowder, steam power, or the use of atomic energy.
It is well for a Christian to bear all this in mind when he contemplates the alarms and excursions, the murders, threats and horrors now once again rending the land of Palestine, and in which the Jews today, in the full and irresistible process of one of their historic and periodic returns to their chosen land, are the leading actors.—Selected
(Deut. 34. 4; Rom. 9. 4, 5)