On Tue Feb 2, Kairos Ireland will host a webinar as follows
The difficulties Palestinian Christians have in reading the Old Testament”
with Rev Dr Munther Isaac, Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church, Bethlehem
Tuesday 2nd February: 10 am – 11.15 am
Palestinian Christians have struggled for years with the Old Testament in general and with the theology of the ‘promised land’ in particular. Christian Zionism has created a dilemma for them – to leave the occupied land to the Jews and not get in the way of God’s plan or stay and be faithful to the God of love revealed in the New Testament. Should they stop reading the Old Testament which seems so negative towards Palestinian Christians and just read the interpretation of the book that Jesus read? Munther Isaac has wrestled with these questions for years.
By re-reading Joshua 6, he realised that the modern Israel of today must not be confused with biblical Israel, that God is not a sectarian God who favours one nation over another, but a broken-hearted God who wants to welcome all to the kingdom of heaven. On the cross, Jesus became the new Joshua.
Introduction: Muna Nasser, from Bethlehem, presently a student in Dublin.
Moderator of webinar: Rev Dr Bill Shaw OBE, CEO of 174 Trust at the Duncairn Centre, Belfast.
Munther Isaac is a Palestinian Christian theologian and pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem. He is also the academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College and director of the highly acclaimed and influential ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conferences.
Munther is passionate about theology issues, holistic mission and reconciliation in the Palestinian context. He has published on the theology of the land – a vision of a shared land that belongs to God, where there are no second-class citizens of any kind. His most recent book “The Other Side of the Wall” [InterVarsity Press 2020] tells about the experience that Palestinian Christians find themselves in, marginalised behind the separation wall. He is a Kairos Palestine board member and also involved in many reconciliation and interfaith forums.
Munther originally studied civil engineering in Birzeit University in Palestine. He then obtained a Master in Biblical Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (USA) and a PhD from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. Munther is married to Rudaina, an architect, with two boys.
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