It’s nearly impossible to have a conversation about the conflict between Israel and Palestine without the mention of holy places. The Temple Mount is the most important and contested—but it’s not the only one.

On this episode of “Promised Land,” a special series from The Bulletin, host Mike Cosper considers the sites that carry great religious importance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He speaks with Yehuda Glick, who worked for the Ministry of Immigration when Israel disengaged from Gaza in 2005 and is known for his strong stances on settlements and his actions on the Temple Mount. Listeners will hear from Ari Abramowitz—one of the founders of Arugot Farm, a frontier settlement, organic farm, and retreat center in the West Bank—about his work, desire for peace, and thoughts on the October 7 Hamas attacks.

Cosper also talks with a land developer who purchased a property on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount and decided it would be the perfect location for the Red Heifer ceremony. Not sure what that ceremony is? Don’t worry. This episode covers that too.

Tune in for an episode that dives deep into place, people, and purpose.

“Promised Land” is a limited series exploring the moral, spiritual, and political challenges presented by the Israel-Hamas war. Host Mike Cosper (The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill) takes listeners with him to locations across the US, Israel, and Palestine, bringing you into the homes, lives, and stories of people for whom this conflict is their everyday experience.

Listen to More in This Bonus Series:
Making Sense of the Israel-Hamas War
Antisemitism and the Jewish Identity
Hamas and the Laws of War
Terrorism and the Road to War
It’s Complicated
The Zionist Story
Rocks in Hard Places: From the Foundation Stone to Living Stones
Empire of Refugees: Victims, Villains, and Settler Colonialism

“The Bulletin” is a production of Christianity Today
Executive Produced by Erik Petrik
Produced, Edited, and Mixed by Mike Cosper
Field Recording by Michael Winters
Additional Production by Matt Stevens and Clarissa Moll
Music by Dan Phelps
Additional Music by David LaChance, Jr.
Theme Song “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks” performed by Sandra McCracken