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.
He 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
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.
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