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Inhabiting the Land: Thinking Theologically about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (Cascade Companions)

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What does it mean to inhabit the land of Palestine and Israel justly? How should Christians understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? Alain Epp Weaver examines answers to these questions, paying particular attention to the theologies of sumud, or steadfastness, advanced by Palestinian Christian theologians, while also presenting other Christian, Jewish, and Muslim responses. Contextualizing these theologies within Palestinian and Israeli Jewish histories, Epp Weaver introduces readers to the intertwined histories of Zionism (as a movement to establish a Jewish state and renew Jewish life in the biblical land of Israel) and Palestinian nationalism. He also situates Palestinian Christian theologies within broader Christian conversations about election, God’s enduring covenant with the Jewish people, and Zionism. In the face of a politics of separation and dispossession, Epp Weaver contends, Palestinian Christian theologies testify to the possibility of a shared polity and geography for Palestinians and Israeli Jews not defined by walls, militarized fences, checkpoints, and roadblocks, but rather by mutuality and reconciliation.

  • Introduces readers to the intertwined histories of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism
  • Focuses on the theologies of sumud, or steadfastness, advanced by Palestinian Christian theologians
  • Explores how Christians should understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
  • Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism: Intertwined Histories
  • Palestinian Christian Theologies of Land and Liberation
  • Christian Theologies of Judaism and Assessments of Zionism
  • A Shared Palestinian-Israeli Future?
This is a first-class primer for anyone who wants to understand what is happening in Israel and Palestine, and what has brought the situation to this point. More than this, Alain Epp Weaver offers an astute and clearly presented discussion that will be useful in classrooms and to anyone committed to peace with justice for all the peoples living in the land.

—Melanie A Duguid-May, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

The thoughtful and compassionate introductory do’s and don’ts for discussing the conflict alone are worth the price of admission, but there is much more here for those who want to hear from an often-unheard voice. Jews and Christians engaged in interfaith dialogue should pay special attention.

—Sam Brody, University of Kansas

Like an expert tour guide, Alain Epp Weaver’s brilliant book provides a clear map through the complex and fraught histories, politics, and theologies of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In both accessible and nuanced prose, Epp Weaver introduces readers to the deep Jewish and Palestinian connection to the Land, the emergence of Zionism and Christian Zionism, Palestinian movements, and the perspectives and resilience of Palestinian Christians. His proposal for bi-nationalism and a shared non-possessive mutual belonging is more honest, hopeful, and prophetic than the continued binaries of two-states or competing nationalisms. Read this book!

—Joshua Ralston, University of Edinburgh

  • Title: Inhabiting the Land: Thinking Theologically about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
  • Author: Alain Epp Weaver
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock
  • Print Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 148
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-10-06T19:36:35Z

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Alain Epp Weaver is the director for strategic planning at the Mennonite Central Committee. He served previously as co-representative for Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq at the Mennonite Central Committee and was a project coordinator in the Gaza Strip. He earned a PhD in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School and is the author of State of Exile: Visions of Diaspora, Witness, and Return. He has edited and co-edited six books, including A Table of SharingThe Work of Jesus Christ in Anabaptist Perspective, and Under Vine and Fig Tree: Biblical Theologies of Land and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, as well as authoring several articles, essays, and chapters in journals and edited publications.


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