“Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible Through Palestinian Eyes”


March 17th, 2014

Join us in STH room 325 on Tuesday, March 25 for a conversation with Mitri Raheb on his new book, “Faith in the Face of Empire.”

About Mitri Raheb: Born in Bethlehem, the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb is a powerful advocate for peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the President of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem; President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem.

About the Book: In Faith in the Face of Empire Mitri Raheb presents a new reading of the Bible from the perspective of the “people of Palestine.” He illustrates how the history of Palestine, ancient and modern, includes diverse contexts and recurring patterns. Using biblical narrative he introduces a wide lens for viewing that history.

This “sacred” story is a response to the “secular” history of occupation by various empires, from the Babylonians to the British to the state of Israel. Throughout this history the question of God remains crucial, Christian understanding remains relevant, and the spiritual dimension of utmost importance. Raheb spells out Jesus’ gospel in relation to the roman empire of his time, and the biblical values relevant for the Middle East- then and now. The book includes a new perspective and culture for a “New Middle East.”

March 25- Tuesday
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
STH Room 325

Lunch Provided