Theologies of Liberation in Palestine-Israel: Indigenous, Contextual, and Postcolonial Perspectives

By Nur Masalha and Lisa Isherwood (editors)

Essays on liberation theologies emerging in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the hopes that they offer for future reconciliation.

ISBN: 9780718893613


Theologies of Liberation in Palestine-Israel is a challenging collection of essays concerned with the development of contextualized theologies of liberation in Palestine and the indigenous Palestinian people’s struggle for justice and liberation. The innovation of the work stems from the inclusion of indigenous perspectives within its remit and the introduction of new concepts such as civil liberation theology. The collection offers other ways to look at biblical discourses and their impact on the ongoing conflict, ways to live peacefully, ways to be ethical when visiting these conflicted lands, understandings of resource ethics, and even a new way to understand how we approach our understanding of liberation theology. Contributors include well-known scholars from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Palestinian-Israeli, Indian, American and British backgrounds. This work goes beyond typical academic collections; vast in scope, it will be informative not only to scholars and students but also to peace activists and policymakers. It should be of use not only in academic courses but also for practitioners of conflict resolution, peace, and reconciliation.

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Dimensions 229 × 153 mm
Pages 246

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About the Author

Nur Masalha is Director of the Centre for Religion and History and the Holy Land Research Project at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is the editor of Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal. His books include: The Bible and Zionism (2007), The Palestine Nakba (2012) and The Zionist Bible (2013).

Lisa Isherwood is Director of the Institute of Theological Partnerships, University of Winchester. She is the author or editor of 20 books including The Power of Erotic Celibacy (2006), The Fat Jesus (2008), and Radical Otherness (2013). She is an executive editor of the international journal Feminist Theology.


     Nur Masalha and Lisa Isherwood

1. Liberation Theology in Latin America and Palestine-Israel: Practical Similarities and Contextual Differences
     Samuel Kuruvilla
2. Reflections on Sabeel’s Liberation Theology and Ecumenical Work (1992-2013)
     Naim Ateek
3. Theologies of Liberation in Palestine-Israel and the Struggle for Peace and Justice
     Marc H. Ellis
4. Reading the Bible with the Eyes of the Philistines, Canaanites and Amalekites: Messianic Zionism,
     Zealotocracy, the Militarist Traditions of the Tanakh and the Palestinians (1967 to Gaza 2013)
     Nur Masalha
5. God’s Mapmakers: A Theology of Dispossession
     Gareth Lloyd Jones
6. The Quest for Peace with Justice in the Middle East: Christian Zionist and Palestinian Theologies
     Rosemary Radford Ruether
7. Transcending Monotheism and a Theology of Land
     Lisa Isherwood
8. Beyond Interfaith Reconciliation: A New Paradigm for a Theology of Land
     Mark Braverman
9. Confronting the Truth: New Awakenings to the Palestinian Situation
     Mary Grey
10. Civil Liberation Theology in Palestine: Indigenous, Secular-Humanist, and Post-Colonial Perspectives
     Nur Masalha



Endorsements and Reviews

This is an exceptional collection of cutting-edge essays that challenge the traditional theologies and ideologies of Christian Zionism and contemporary political Zionism. Drawing upon feminist and other liberation theologies, as well as secular political analysis, readers will be rewarded by the profound analysis of these exceptional authors.
Donald E. Wagner, National Program Director, Friends of Sabeel: North America

The book makes a unique contribution to the field of liberation theology by describing the grassroots spirituality of Palestinian Christians.
Katie Leggett, in Theological Book Review, Vol 27, No 2