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Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes

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A Palestinian Christian theologian shows how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story, and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict.

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A Palestinian Christian theologian shows how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story, and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 12/09/2013
In this short work aimed at the lay reader, Raheb, a writer, preacher, and president of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, covers an impressive range of ancient and modern Palestinian history to set geopolitical context for the writings of the Bible. Raheb’s expertise in both the Bible and the region is deep, and he calls out misconceptions by outsiders about the culture and its texts while eloquently advocating for greater attention to that culture when interpreting the Bible, in particular to the long legacy of empire in Palestine and the people’s response to repeated occupations. This is a rarely heard perspective on the Bible, and Raheb’s writing is strongest when he explicates the words of Jesus with his political and historical perspective as a Palestinian as well as his spiritual perspective as a Christian. If anything, the book is too brief to fully explore his fascinating insights. Both an accessible introduction to the subject and an eloquent reminder for those more familiar with the subject this book deserve a wide audience. (Feb.)
Library Journal
02/15/2014
Raheb (president, Dar al-Kalima Univ. Coll., Bethlehem; I Am a Palestinian Christian) brings fresh perspectives to the fraught story of Palestine: he is a Palestinian Christian (Evangelical Lutheran, in fact) and chooses to see the region's story in the longer perspective, as the fruit of imperial meddling and imperial conflict almost as far back as memory reaches. His frustrations are real, but he retains the frail hope that by thinking beyond empire, the region and its peoples might see a way forward. VERDICT Raheb's voice is important and should be heard by decision makers in our country and abroad; his book would be fruitful reading for congregational groups.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626980655
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 2/10/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 109,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitri Raheb is the President of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem as well as president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. He serves as the Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the author of several books, including I am a Palestinian Christian and Bethlehem Besieged.

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