This lecture examines how Western Christianity has related, and continues to relate, to the land and people of Palestine over the years. It will analyze both the attitudes and theologies of churches vis-à-vis Palestine and the Palestinians and how the Bible was used over the years as a tool by the different empires to justify these attitudes and theologies. This lecture will focus on the recent phenomenon of Christian Zionism as a focal lens.
Pastor Munther's latest book is The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope. His PhD monograph was published as From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth: A Christ-Centred Biblical Theology of the Promised Land . He's the pastor of Christmas Lutheran church in Bethlehem, the academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College, the director of Christ at the Checkpoint, and is heavily involved in Kairos Palestine and grassroots work among Palestinian Christians.
Co-sponsored by Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion with support from the Contending Modernities research initiative.