Towards A Shared Land Theology—A Palestinian Christian Reading of the Land Promises
Land issues often are immensely controversial! On the other side of the world, at the Promised Land, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has never subsided. While the Jewish Christians are convinced that their possession of the land is divinely ordained, how would the Palestinian Christians residing in the same place understand the same promise? Whose land? Is the promise unconditional? Does this promise simply designate the right of possession? What is the purpose of this land promise after all?
Rev Dr Munther Isaac is the Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Bethlehem Bible College and director of ‘Christ at the Check Point’ conferences.As a Palestinian Christian, he attempts to reexamine the land promises in the Old and the New Testament in order to shed light on the current land conflicts in his homeland. Through his exposition, the underlying theology that is immediately relevant to a foreign issue in another part of the world, as it transpires, has much to do with our city, here and now.
土地問題，確實極具爭議！地球的另一端、在那片應許之地上，以巴衝突從未平息。當猶太基督徒深信擁有這地土的神聖權利時，同處一地的巴勒斯坦基督徒又是怎樣理解？是誰的土地？應許是無條件嗎？應許單單指擁有權嗎？賜予土地的應許又是為了甚麼目的？伯利恆聖經學院助理教授兼教務長、Christ at the Check Point會議發言人Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac，嘗試從巴勒斯坦的處境出發，由舊約走到新約，重新剖析並反思這土地問題。這看似是地球另一端的事件，但背後的神學卻對此時此刻的這一端極有關係。