The First Advent in Palestine: Reversals, Resistance, and the Ongoing Complexity of Hope

The First Advent in Palestine: Reversals, Resistance, and the Ongoing Complexity of Hope

by Kelley Nikondeha
The First Advent in Palestine: Reversals, Resistance, and the Ongoing Complexity of Hope

The First Advent in Palestine: Reversals, Resistance, and the Ongoing Complexity of Hope

by Kelley Nikondeha

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Overview

When we picture the first Advent, we see Mary and Joseph huddled by a manger. We picture Gabriel, magi, and shepherds tending their flocks. A shining star against a midnight sky. But this harmonized version has lifted the Advent story out of its context—those who experienced the first Advent had to travel through great darkness to reach the hope that shining star announced. Trusted scholar and community organizer Kelley Nikondeha takes us back, to where the landscape of Palestine is once again the geographic, socioeconomic, and political backdrop for the Advent story.

Reading the Advent narratives of Luke and Matthew anew, in their original context, changes so much about how we see the true story of resistance, abusive rulers and systems of oppression, and God coming to earth. In Luke, Rome and Caesar loom, and young Mary's strength and resolve shine brightly as we begin to truly understand what it meant for her to live in the tumultuous Galilee region. In Matthew, through Joseph's point of view, we see the brutality of Herod's rule and how the complexities of empire weighed heavily on the Holy Family. We bear witness to the economic hardship of Nazareth, Bethlehem, and the many villages in between—concerns about daily bread, crushing debt, land loss, and dispossession that ring a familiar echo to our modern ears. Throughout her explorations, Nikondeha features the stories of modern-day Palestinians, centering their voices to help us meet an Advent recognizable for today. This thought-provoking examination invites us into a season of discovery, one that is realistic and honest, and that still wonders at the goodness of God's grace.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506474793
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 10/04/2022
Pages: 214
Sales rank: 504,423
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kelley Nikondeha is a writer, liberation theologian, and community development practitioner. She combines biblical texts and various cultural contexts to discover insights for embodied justice, community engagement, and living faith. She is the author of Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us about Freedom and Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World, and is known for highlighting Palestinian voices and rights. She travels between the southwest US and Burundi in East Africa.

Table of Contents

Beginnings 1

1 Silence and Suffering

The Maccabees 1

Israel | 1 and 2 Maccabees, Lamentations 5

2 God's Peace Campaign

Zechariah

Jerusalem | Luke 1:5-25 25

3 Formed by Galilee

Mary

Nazareth | Luke 1:26-38 39

4 Mothers of Advent

Mary and Elizabeth

Ein Kerem | Luke 1:39-56 57

5 A Hospitable Birth in a Hard Economy

Caesar's Census, Jesus's Birth

Bethlehem | Luke 2:1-7 77

6 Visible and Invisible

Shepherds and Angels

Bethlehem | Luke 2:8-21 93

7 Generations

Joseph

Bethlehem | Matthew 1:18-25 109

8 Unexpected Hope

Herod, Magi, and a Star

Bethlehem | Matthew 2:1-12 129

9 Even after God Arrived

The Holy Family, Mother Rachel, and the Slaughter of the Innocents

Bethlehem and Egypt | Matthew 2:13-18 147

10 Homeland, but Not a Home

Holy Family, Return from Egypt

Nazareth | Matthew 2:19-23 163

Continuations 185

Acknowledgments 189

Notes 193

For Further Reading 209

About the Author 211

About the Cover Artist 213

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