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I Am a Palestinian Christian [Paperback]

By Mitri Raheb, Lucy Brown (Narrator), Donna J. Guy (Editor), Claudia Orange (Foreward By), S. J. Harrison, David Griffin (Narrator) & Sylvia Yount
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Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1995
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  080062663X  
EAN  9780800626631  


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A personal testimony of God and politics in the Holy Land. Mitri Raheb is a Palestinian Arab Lutheran Christian pastor who ministers in his hometown of Bethlehem. For many American Christians this combination of identities is incomprehensible. They assume that Palestinian Arabs are Muslims, not Christians, much less Lutherans. Raheb writes as a cultural mediator to the Western Christian world and as a local theologian for the Palestinian community. He grapples with how Palestinian Christians can develop a local theology that can be both truthful and helpful in mediating the conflicts between Israel and Palestine and among Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Both are conflicts in which religion, politics, and collective identity intertwine.

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More About Mitri Raheb, Lucy Brown, Donna J. Guy, Claudia Orange, S. J. Harrison, David Griffin & Sylvia Yount

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Mitri Raheb is the President of Diyar Consortium and of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, as well as the president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land in addition to being the Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author of 16 books including: Das Reformatorische Erbe unter den Palaestinensern, I am a Palestinian Christian; Bethlehem Besieged. He is the Chief Editor of the Contextual Theology Series at Diyar Publishing including: The Invention of History, A Century of Interplay between Theology and Politics in Palestine; The Biblical Text in the Context of Occupation: Towards a new hermeneutics of liberation. His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into eleven languages. The 50 year-old multilingual contextual theologian received for his 'distinguished service to church and society' the prestigious Wittenberg Award from the Luther Center in DC (2003). He also received for his 'outstanding contribution to Christian education through research and publication' an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Chicago (2003) and for his 'interfaith work toward peacemaking in Israel and Palestine' the "International Mohammad Nafi Tschelebi Peace Award" of the Central Islam Archive in Germany (2006) and in 2007 the well-known German Peace Award of Aachen. In 2012 the German Media Prize, a Prize granted mainly to head of states, was awarded to Dr. Raheb for his "tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health." The work of Dr. Raheb has received wide media attention from major international media outlets and networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, Premiere, Raiuno, Stern, The Economist, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair. Dr. Raheb holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Philipps University at Marburg, Germany. He is married to Najwa Khoury and has two daughters, Dana & Tala. For more, www.mitriraheb.org

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Slanted viewpoint, a waste of money  Aug 26, 2007
The author Raheb uses his Palestinian ethnicity and distorts both the OT and NT in order gain favor for the "Palestinian cause" and criticize modern Israel. This book is one of the worst works of slanted exegesis I've ever encountered. For example, he totally misinterprets Romans chapters 9-11. He states "Israel failed because it laid claim to election as law, according to Paul" Pg.68, when referring to Romans 9:30-31. He clearly misses the point that Paul is speaking of "righteousness through faith", ones salvation by personal faith in Christ. In this passage the Jews were attempting to earn salvation by keeping the Law of Moses instead of faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. Raheb uses misinterpretation to attack Israel's "election" by God. This is but one example of his political sway to twist scripture to gain favor to free the "occupied lands". I am not unsympathetic towards the Palestinian people, so I strongly recommend reading "BLOOD BROTHERS" by Elias Chacour and "OPERATION DESERT LIGHT" by Brother Andrew. Practicality without politics.
Secondly Raheb panders to and elicits support from Muslims with statements like "I think we have to go further and recognize that Islam, too, is included in this Jewish-Christian context, theologically as well as historically. We have things in common with Muslims too." Pg 60 "The context of Christian Arabs is the Arab-Islamic space. Arab Christian faith and Arab Islamic culture have influenced and enriched each other..." Pg 46.
Raheb has forgotten his religious history surrounding the "holy land" and other parts of the Middle East when it comes to Muslim conquests. Do the Islamic words "Dar al Islam, Dar al harb, Jihad, shari'a, dhimmmis, caliphate" etc ring a bell? Under the "religion of peace Islam" Christianity and Judaism in the Middle East and surrounding areas were dramatically reduced as token minority or totally eradicated by bloodshed and war. Just look at current Muslim nations such as Syria, Egypt, Turkey, parts of Iraq. These were "Christian lands" prior to the Muslim conquest of the 7th and 8th century. Let's look specifically at Turkey as one example, the seven Christian churches identified in the Book of Revelation were (past tense) located in what is modern day Turkey, not to mention the former "Christian capital" , Constantinople. Christianity sprouted from the promises made to the Jewish people "from the root of David". However Islam DID NOT IN ANY WAY, descend from either Judaism or Christianity. Islam is a complete distortion of historic events and stories of both OT and NT persons and occurrences. Christian and Jewish scripture agree on such things as Moses, Adam, etc. However the Quran depicts a completely different version of these and other biblical persons. There can't be two rights. One last thing, Christianity preceded Islam by at least 600 years. As Paul the Apostle so clearly stated "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, what fellowship has light with darkness? What harmony has Christ with Belial, what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?", 2Cor 6:14-15.
It's precisely this kind of ecumenism with Islam, which Raheb is promoting, that poisoned the church from within. For a full explanation of the real historical effect of Islam on Christianity read Bat Ye'or's book "THE DECLINE OF EASTERN CHRISTIANITY UNDER ISLAM,FROM JIHAD TO DHIMMITUIDE"
 
The truth about Palestinian Christians  Jan 21, 2007
Good insights into the culture and the theology of the Hebrew Bible as it relates to the current situation in the Middle East. Many things U.S. and western European citizens need to hear and know that we don't get from the media.
 
A rare and authentic glimpse into the precarious life of Palestinian Christians  Nov 16, 2005
Dr. Mitri Raheb does a masterful job of sharing his life as a Palestinian Christian pastor. With great insight, and compassion for his oppressors, his honest life story should be read by all Christians. It should also be read by all Israelis, many of whom are aware of the realities of life in Bethlehem, but some (looking at some of the other reviews of this book) are still in denial of what the occupation has done, both to the oppressed and the oppressors. I have known Mitri for nearly 20 years, and I know that what he writes is true. Many of the episodes he recounts I have witnessed myself. But no one who has not lived in Bethlehem can fully understand the pressures constantly placed on the people there. His great insight and vision have led an important Christian community through the darkness. This glimpse into what it means to be both Palestinian and Christian is an excellent gift to us all.
 
Purely one sided pro-terror  Sep 5, 2005
This book isnt actually about what its like to be a Palestinian Christian. First of all 80% of Palestinian Christians dont live on the West Bank, but in Israel, whereas this book focuses only on the west bank and Gaza.

This book portrays the one sided very anti-ISrael and pro-terror view point of a very unchristian preacher. A preacher of hate who would do as well at a Hamas gathering. Jesus preached peace. This book preaches support and excuses for murder.

This book doesnt tell the whole story. For instance we dont learn here about the Hamas takeover of Bethlehem and the Islamist riots in nazareth against Christians. We dont learn here about the death threats christian men receive who date muslim women. We dont learn here about the PA marriage code which discriminates against mixed christian marriages by ensuring the offspring are muslim. We dont learn here about the total marginalizing of the Christian community in Palestine and its eclipse by radical Islam.

This book is about one Christians private support for terrorism and his hatred of Israel. This book is not an objective account written lucidly about the true identity of Palestinian Christians. On September 5th, 2005 Rampaging Islamist mobs torched 15 houses and caused the entire Christian community of Taiba to flee their homes near Ramallah as the PA watched and did nothing. The crime of that community? One Christian man from the village had dated a Muslim women. This is the true plight of the Palestinian christian one doesnt find in this account. The identity of those Christians is not told here.

Seth J. Frantzman
 
Purely one sided pro-terror  Sep 5, 2005
This book isnt actually about what its like to be a Palestinian Christian. First of all 80% of Palestinian Christians dont live on the West Bank, but in Israel, whereas this book focuses only on the west bank and Gaza.

This book portrays the one sided very anti-ISrael and pro-terror view point of a very unchristian preacher. A preacher of hate who would do as well at a Hamas gathering. Jesus preached peace. This book preaches support and excuses for murder.

This book doesnt tell the whole story. For instance we dont learn here about the Hamas takeover of Bethlehem and the Islamist riots in nazareth against Christians. We dont learn here about the death threats christian men receive who date muslim women. We dont learn here about the PA marriage code which discriminates against mixed christian marriages by ensuring the offspring are muslim. We dont learn here about the total marginalizing of the Christian community in Palestine and its eclipse by radical Islam.

This book is about one Christians private support for terrorism and his hatred of Israel. This book is not an objective account written lucidly about the true identity of Palestinian Christians. On September 5th, 2005 Rampaging Islamist mobs torched 15 houses and caused the entire Christian community of Taiba to flee their homes near Ramallah as the PA watched and did nothing. The crime of that community? One Christian man from the village had dated a Muslim women. This is the true plight of the Palestinian christian one doesnt find in this account. The identity of those Christians is not told here.

For a better account pick up Atallah Mansours "Narrow Gate Churchs".

Seth J. Frantzman
 

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