God and Gaza
Process Theology and Peacemaking
This page features a short talk at Yale Divinity School by Mitri Raheb, author of Faith in the Face of Empire: the Bible through Palestinian Eyes, and a brief overview of a Process Approach to Peacemaking. We at JJB cannot pretend to solve the problems between Palestinians and Israelis, and those of us who live faraway know that we need to listen long and hard. But we cannot help but wonder if the peacemaking tradition of process theology might offer a word of hope. Readers interested in hopeful approaches will also appreciate Rabbi Bradley Artson's And So We Speak for Peace.
Faith in the Face of Empire:
Jesus was a Middle Easterner. If he were to travel through Western countries today he would be 'randomly' pulled aside and scrutinized. For Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Christian living under Israeli occupation, the Middle Eastern context of the biblical story is crucial to its understanding and its relevance to his people today. A Palestinian reading of the Bible begins with an awareness of the role of empire--a constant feature of Palestine for thousands of years, from the Babylonians and Egyptians, to the Romans, Ottomans, British, and the state of Isreal. Each empire imposed its own system of control undergirded by an imperial theology.
A New Middle East?
In his latest book, Faith in the Face of Empire, Mitri Raheb, 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 US shuttle diplomacy, Raheb asks, "Can we imagine another Middle East? Can there be a different future?"