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A Palestinian Theology of Liberation

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"Merits wide attention and close sustained study . . . . "--Walter Brueggemann

Addressing what many consider the world's most intractable conflict, Naim Ateek offers a succinct primer on the theology of liberation in the context of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and self-determination. From the historical roots of this struggle, Ateek shows how the memory of the Holocaust has served to trump the claims and aspirations of the native inhabitants, and how later Israeli occupation and settlements in the West Bank have contributed to their suffering and oppression.

As a Christian theologian himself, Ateek shows how Western Christian support for Israeli claims to the land rely on a particular and exclusivist reading of the Bible. In contrast, a Palestinian theology of liberation responds with a counter-strategy for biblical interpretation, one that emphasizes the prophetic themes of inclusivity and justice. Ateek concludes by providing broad principles of achieiving security, peace, and justice for all the peoples in Israel/Palestine.

Rev. Dr. Naim Stifan Ateek, an Anglican priest, is a Palestinian Arab and a citizen of Israel. A former canon of St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem, he is founder of Sabeel, an ecumenical center in Jerusalem that uses a theological approach to work for liberation for Palestinians. He is the author of Justice and Only Justice and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.

Book Details

A Palestinian Theology of Liberation
The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict
Naim Stifan Ateek
Foreword by Walter Brueggemann

A Palestinian Theology of Liberation Table of Contents (978-1-62698-260-4_toc.pdf, 48 Kb) [Download]

This excellent and brief summary of the situation is stated with a perspective, but no rancor.
I have known naim ateek since 1964. I went to seminary with him at the church divinity school of the pacific in Berkeley California. I have found him to be a very authentic voice for Palestinian liberation over many years and have appreciated his own evolution in his theology and personal involvement over the years I have known him. I was just with him on a book tour in Portland Oregon and Seattle Washington an was very pleased with the turnouts of people who came to see and hear him.
In this book we hear the scream and the whisper of the poor, the sounds of death in the Occupied Territories, but also the whisper of life, resisting and offering hope for all of us.
Naim Ateek writes with the integrity of a participant-observer. . . . He offers a fresh analysis of the challenges to which Palestinian Liberation Theology is an answer, and provides some helpful new ways of framing the unresolved conflict between Palestine and Israel.
Fr. Naim Ateek offers the reader a profound, nonviolent approach to confronting the injustice suffered by some of the world’s most poor and marginalized peoples – the Palestinians. May this book bring about the longed-for justice!
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