—Dr. Mitri Raheb will lecture on his new book Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes

Princeton, NJ, March 11, 2014–Dr. Mitri Raheb, senior pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, will give a public lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary on Thursday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center.

mitri rahebHe will speak about his latest book, Faith in the Face of Empire, which presents a new reading of the Bible from the perspective of the “people of Palestine.” In light of the current geo-political turmoil, after the hopes of the Arab Spring, and in the face of the latest round of diplomatic efforts for peace, Dr. Raheb asks in his book “if we can imagine another Middle East, a different future.”

He explores how the history of Palestine, ancient and modern, is one of diverse and unique contexts, and yet recurring patterns. Using the biblical narrative, he explains “how the 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.”

Dr. Raheb is the president of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem and president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan. He is the author of several other books, including I Am a Palestinian Christian and Bethlehem Besieged.

The lecture is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call 609.497.7760.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.