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Echoes of Samaria

Finding Jesus & Neighbors in the Holy Land
by Michael Baum

Finally, our bus driver had to admit defeat. Adept though Rami had proved at negotiating the narrow streets of Israel and Palestine, the cobblestone lane before us was steadily narrowing, becoming ever steeper and more uneven. He pulled over, opened the doors, and said something apologetic in Arabic to our guide. "We have to walk the rest of the way," Sasha translated to us. Our tour party disembarked and started to trudge the final hundred yards or so up to the tiny church overlooking the village of Burqin.

As we finished the climb, Burqin spread out tranquilly below us: a place of profound poverty near the . . .

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Michael Baum is a management consultant, former English teacher, and writer with degrees in English literature and education from Yale University and an MBA from Northwestern. He and his wife live near Madison, Wisconsin, where they attend St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church. Their three adult children and five grandchildren attend Orthodox churches in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

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