Canon Naim Ateek: How can we read the Old Testament?
Tuesday 26th June 2018 – King’s College London
King’s College London
Lecture Theatre 2
Bush House, 30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG
Is it time to stop reading large parts of the Old Testament in our churches? Why do we read passages which present a Gospel message that is not Good News for all?
Rev Naim Ateek is an Anglican priest, a Palestinian Arab, a citizen of Israel and the founder of the Sabeel Centre in Jerusalem.
For 30 years Naim and the Sabeel Centre have challenged a reading of the Bible that supports an exclusive Zionist claim to the land. They have presented a Palestinian theology of liberation that emphasises the prophetic themes of inclusivity and justice.
Naim will speak of his work and of the struggle to read Old Testament passages that seem to deny his right to exist in his Land, including the Exodus passages that have been used to bring liberation in so many other places. He will ask how we should encounter those passages, which seem to reinforce the subjugation of an oppressed people?
There will be a 45-minute talk and then an extended period of time for questions and discussion. The event is jointly hosted by King’s College Chaplaincy, Amos Trust, and Sabeel Kairos.
It is part of Amos Trust’s occasional theology series and is run in collaboration with Sabeel Kairos. The focus will be on theology, and while Naim will talk about the current situation in Palestine, it will seek to draw out learning for us in our churches today.
Please make sure you register as Kings College will need a list of attendees.
Naim’s new book will be available at the event – ‘A Palestine Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice and the Palestine Israel Conflict’
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