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By Paul S Rowe, John H.A. Dyck, Jens Zimmermann

Christians and the center East Conflict bargains with the connection of Christians and Christian theology to many of the conflicts within the heart East, an issue that's frequently sensationalized yet nonetheless insufficiently understood. Political advancements over the past 20 years, in spite of the fact that, have caused observers to rediscover and look at the critical position non secular motivations play in shaping public discourses.

This e-book proceeds at the assumption that neither a spotlight at the eschatological nor a slim knowing of the plight of Christians within the center East is adequate. in its place, it's important to appreciate Christians in context and to discover the ways in which Christian theology applies during the activities of Christians who've lived and proceed to pass though clash within the sector both as local population or overseas observers. This quantity addresses problems with crisis to Christians from a theological point of view, from the viewpoint of Christian responses to clash all through historical past, and in mirrored image at the modern realities of Christians within the center East.

The essays during this quantity mix contextual political and theological reflections written through either students and Christian activists and should be of curiosity to scholars and students of Politics, faith and center East reports.

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It is exclusively concerned with the function of the Jewish people and is articulated without mentioning the Palestinians at all. This means that Palestinians are marginalised within the churches which teach this theology. This in turn can have political and social ramifications as international churches lend their vocal and pecuniary support to the modern State of Israel. Similarly, this view of prophecy often neglects the importance of the setting of the texts, their authorship and the reader in their historical and cultural context.

Building on Benedict Anderson’s discussion of nations as imagined communities and Laleh Khalili’s examination of the tragic and heroic narratives of Palestinian nationalism, Weaver deals with the public performances of Palestinian nationalist identity in the work of Musallam. Active within the Palestinian nationalist Fatah organisation and within Palestinian politics throughout his career, Musallam stands as a particularly dramatic representative of Christian immersion of Palestinian nationalist circles.

He argues that the New Testament was written in a world alive with debates about the promises and privileges of ‘holy land’. Beginning with Jesus, the entire New Testament represented new Christian thinking about ‘holy land’ and thereby overturned conventional theologies completely. Magi Abdul-Masih embarks upon a critical assessment of the theology of the Middle East through the lens of Orientalism as presented by Edward Said and other scholars. In her chapter, Dr Abdul-Masih provides a challenge to Western received wisdom that limits the Eastern identity of Jesus Christ.

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