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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.
Paperback, 130 pages
Published February 28th 2014 by Orbis Books (first published February 10th 2014)
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David
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Growing up in conservative Christian culture, it was taken for granted that we (individuals, Christians, America) need to support Israel. The creation of Israel was a miracle, a herald of the end-times. Israel remains God's chosen people. Any who attack Israel are attacking God and will be punished.

Over the years I've come to question this narrative for a variety of reasons. One reason is the simple realization that many of the Palestinians (the supposed "bad guys" in the above narrative) are my
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Drick
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book, written by a Palestinian Lutheran pastor and activist, puts forth a liberation theology from a Palestinian perspective in which he equates the people of of God in Scripture with the Palestinians today, and then Israeli government as just another in a long string of empires going back to ancient times that have dominated and oppressed the people of this era. In so doing he directly challenges those Christian and Jewish groups who regard the state of Israel as a biblical harbinger to th ...more
Ben
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
An invaluable perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian point of view. The book's best contribution is the description of daily life for Palestinian refugees living in Israeli-occupied territory, including the bibliography of human rights violations experienced therein. But the author's hermeneutic is often confusing and frequently allegorical.
Steve Watson
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, so good.

To start with, Raheb gives us a bracing view of empire, from a Palestinian perspective. 50 years old at the time of writing, he has already witnessed nine wars. His father, born in Bethlehem in 1905, lived as a subject of 4 different kingdoms - Ottoman, British, Jordanian, and Israeli. Palestine, at the crossroads of so many historical empires, has been occupied by them all.

From this vantage point, Raheb has a lot to say.

Some of it:
Chapter 1: History and the Biblical Story
History
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marcus miller
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Raheb, a Palestinian Lutheran pastor provides an overview of the Bible through the lens of the Palestinian Christian experience. The book reminded me of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed as Raheb provides a strong critique of “Empire’s” and the religions, specifically western Christendom, which support and sustain empires. Raheb explains much of the daily reality of Palestinian life and the way these experiences can be used to aid our understandings of God and the role of God’s people in ...more
Lee Ann
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Positives: History is written by the victors, so this is a look at the Middle East/Holy Land/Palestine by a Christian and educator born in Bethlehem and living in Jerusalem. It's only 130 pages, but I've been thinking about many of its points.

Negatives: Mitri Raheb says he started out wanting to write a scholarly paper only being read in divinity school, but decided this was such an important topic it needed to be more accessible to lay people. For me, it was still fairly high level. The writing
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Mark Edlund
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Non Fiction - Raheb is a Palestinian Christian. He makes a compelling argument based on history, the Bible and current events that the oft-conquered Palestinians are the true owners of Israel. He offers no solution but makes an interesting case. I thought often reading this book that "History is written by the winners."
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Patty
“Without faith, there is no imagination; without imagination, there is no innovation; and without innovation, there is no future.”

“Hope is the power to keep focusing on the larger vision while taking the small, often undramatic, steps toward that future.”

“Hope is living the reality and yet investing in a different one.”


Ten years ago, I spent a month in Israel. Actually, I started tracking my reading when I returned from that trip, first on Shelfari and then eventually here on Good Reads. The
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Rachel
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. Unlike a lot of other books I've read on the topic, this one did a really good job of putting Palestine today into historical context in the large scale (not just the past hundred years or so).
Debbie
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Want to understand what's really going on with the Israel/Palestine situation; this is an excellent book to read. It will probably change your thinking regarding "the chosen people."
Fred Kohn
Mitri Raheb is a member of one of the most disenfranchised communities on Earth: Palestinian Christians. Rejected by fellow Palestinians because they are of the "wrong" religion, and by their fellow Christians because they are of the "wrong" ethnicity, these "children of the slave woman" are in the best position to understand the ancient words, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." I truly wish I could ...more
Paula
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book 4 stars not because it was particularly well-written (writing is average and it would have benefitted from stronger editing), but because the subject matter is so important. Raheb, a Palestinian Christian living and ministering in Bethlehem, discusses the geo-politics of the Middle East, the theological narratives that have formed the region, and specific ways colonialism and imperialism have impacted--and continue to impact--the lives of Palestinians.

"At a time when hope an
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Regina Heater
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone engaged in church work today. Taking us beyond previous works of Palestinian Liberation Theology, exploring the complexities of living with the oppression of Empire, while holding the Hope that was born in the very land you're disputing. I especially appreciated the chapter on creative resistance (a new way of thinking about nonviolent resistance.) This is a book professional theologians & lay persons alike will appreciate. It would be great within the structure of a b ...more
Mollie Maclean
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a read in the midst of the current fighting in Gaza and Israel. I wonder how Dr Raheb is doing now. We heard him speak with past winter.
Lydia
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, contexual, honest, challenging, faithful, and inspiring.
Mrs. Pamela Hedgecock
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book of historical, Biblical and geo political explanation of what is happening to the Palestinian people and THEIR land. Very well balanced and NO bias of any kind.
John Otte
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very compelling read and an important one too, especially since the voice of the Palestinian people often gets drowned out.
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