Upcoming Events

Date: 13 September 2019
Promised Land: an actual place or a divine metaphor?

Exploring the theology that underpins the Israel-Palestine conflict

Kairos Ireland theology workshop

Friday 13th September 10am - 2pm -
Wesley House, Leeson Park D6, Dublin

Palestinian Christians are offended by the way the Old Testament has been used politically to support a Zionist narrative - that God has given the Jewish people a divine right to biblical Israel because of the covenant that He made with Abraham and his descendants. Many religious Jews who have emigrated to Israel have claimed this privilege in their hearts and on the land: in the words of an American Jew who has returned to live in Jerusalem: “The God who creates the world can decide to give this land to the Jewish People.” Many Reformation Christians have supported this theological narrative since the 16th century and continue to affirm the special right of the Jewish people to historic Palestine. This narrative has also been embraced by politicians, who have used religious arguments to make way for the Jewish homeland project and legitimise the confiscation of Palestinian land.

Today, having suffered from a dispossession process underway since 1947, Palestinian Christians have begun to see the political misuse of the Bible as the Faith Nakba [Rev Naim Ateek]. When they read the New Testament, they see the teachings of Jesus, Peter and Paul providing another perspective that rejects the notion that God chooses one people to worship Him on one particular mountain.

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