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Bethlehem 2000 by Garo Nalbandian Mitri Raheb
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 11.5" Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Publisher Palmyra Verlag, George Stein
ISBN 3930378213 ISBN13 9783930378210
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More About Mitri Raheb, Fred Strickert & Garo Nalbandian
Dr. Mitri Raheb is the President of Diyar Consortium and of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, as well as the president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land in addition to being the Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author of 16 books including: Das Reformatorische Erbe unter den Palaestinensern, I am a Palestinian Christian; Bethlehem Besieged. He is the Chief Editor of the Contextual Theology Series at Diyar Publishing including: The Invention of History, A Century of Interplay between Theology and Politics in Palestine; The Biblical Text in the Context of Occupation: Towards a new hermeneutics of liberation. His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into eleven languages. The 50 year-old multilingual contextual theologian received for his 'distinguished service to church and society' the prestigious Wittenberg Award from the Luther Center in DC (2003). He also received for his 'outstanding contribution to Christian education through research and publication' an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Chicago (2003) and for his 'interfaith work toward peacemaking in Israel and Palestine' the "International Mohammad Nafi Tschelebi Peace Award" of the Central Islam Archive in Germany (2006) and in 2007 the well-known German Peace Award of Aachen. In 2012 the German Media Prize, a Prize granted mainly to head of states, was awarded to Dr. Raheb for his "tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health." The work of Dr. Raheb has received wide media attention from major international media outlets and networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, Premiere, Raiuno, Stern, The Economist, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair. Dr. Raheb holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Philipps University at Marburg, Germany. He is married to Najwa Khoury and has two daughters, Dana & Tala. For more, www.mitriraheb.org
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Islamist propoganda Sep 6, 2005
This book is about Bethlehem which in the year 2000 is 75% Muslim and more than 60% Hamas voters. This is Behtlehem 2000, a place where PA laws forbid mixed marriages that allow the child to be Christian, where Christians are harrased and expelled and forced to emigrate. A place where daily the birthplace of christ is desecrated.
The propoganda stories about Islam abound in this book, and in general it is a text for brainwashing people to convert to Islam. Koran is placed beside Bible and Jesus is defamed.
The pictures are the books only redemption for they show the people of Bethlehem and the town itself. The text is pure propoganda. In 20 years not one Christian will remain in Bethlehem, the fault of a repressive anti-minority Palestinian administration that has set its goal the ethnic cleansing of Christians. Unfortunatly this book is only full of glowing love for the Palestinain terrorist organziations and songs from a 'refugee camp' where 90% of the residents are not refugees and where Shahid(martyr) posters of those who blew themselves up to take lives line the streets, the most un-CHristian message one could think of. Offensive and disgusting.
Seth J. Frantzman
A book for the millenium that doesn't neglect social justice Jun 16, 1999
This is a stunningly beautiful book, with a conscience. It is the most concise yet intensive orientation I can think of for either the student or the pilgrim seeking to understand the complexities of the Holy Land.
First though, it is a treat for the eyes. Nalbandian combines his own work--panoramic views of the city as well as striking character portraits and scenes from the Intifada--with selections from the 19th century for an absorbing visual display. They are alone comprehensive in portraying the cultural, religious, and political history of the people of Bethlehem and surrounding areas.
Yet, do not let these pictures distract you from the accompanying text. Raheb and Strickert have supplemented their commentary on Bethlehem's history and current events with several sidebars giving the reader an in-depth look at the origins of issues which have shaped Bethlehem. Perhaps the most vital of these is the story of Caliph Omar in the Church of the Nativity, a major determinant of relations between Christians and muslims in Bethlehem for centuries to come. Also included are selections from the Bible and Koran, regional poets, and a song for the Daheisha refugee camp. Examples of Arabic art and calligraphy are also included.
This is a book which follows the mystery of Christ's birth and the holy sites so many visitors come to see. But it is a book also about the people who continue to live and work in this place, who are so often forgotten among the ancient stones. The authors entreat you not to forget these struggling, strong people, the 'living stones' of the Holy Land.
Read this book for Christmas as the world contemplates that 'little town' of long ago, even if you never make a visit. If you are going to Bethlehem someday, read this book now. If you have been to Bethlehem already, read it and learn what you likely have missed on your journey. Seek to understand. Seek peace.