Friday, September 7, 2012

Mary's Well Occasional Papers 1:4 "It is okay to question Allah"...

Nazareth Seminary welcomes you to read our fourth Mary's Well Occasional Paper.
The author presents a theological analysis of Farewell to Islam, by Saiid Rabiipour (Xulon 2009, 348 pages). In analyzing Rabiipour’s writing he argues that Rabiipour’s experience of being trapped in Iran should be read as a metaphor for Islam, both as a religion and as a political structure. In American Christianity Rabiipour finds a space of freedom and liberation. Utilizing the extended metaphor of his de facto captivity in Iran, Rabiipour offers both an American, Christian apologetic, and a critique of Islam as a religion and a politic.

Key Words
Liberation theology, Iranian Christianity, ex-Muslim, Muslim-background believer, MBB, freedom
And here is the bibliography:
Miller, Duane Alexander. ‘"It is okay to question Allah": the theology of freedom of Saiid Rabiipour, a Christian ex-Muslim’ in Mary’s Well Occasional Papers, 1:4, September (Nazareth, Israel: Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2012).

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Previous Mary's Well Occasional Papers can be found here:

Mary's Well Occasional Paper 1:3 by Azar Ajaj
Mary's Well Occasional Paper 1:2 by Stephen Louy
Mary's Well Occasional Paper 1:1 by Bryson Arthur

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dwight Baker on the Baptist Golden Jubilee in Palestine-Israel

I am enjoying our new scanner in the office! In addition to the previous document on Arab Anglicans in the Holy Land, here is a document written by a former Southern Baptist missionary from the USA named Dwight L. Baker.

Baker, Dwight L. 1961. Baptists Golden Jubilee, 50 Years in Palstine-Israel: A Short Commemorative History. Nazareth, Israel: Association of Baptist Churches.

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A snapshot of Arab Anglican ministry in the Holy Land in 1925

The interior of Christ Church, Nazareth, est. 1871
D. Alex Miller 2012 copyright

We are happy to make this rare document about the history of the Anglican church in the Trans-Jordan available to scholars. The scan is not of high quality, but then again it is a scan of a copy of a copy. Nonetheless, this 1925 pamphlet contains a snapshot of what the ministry among the CMS and Arab Anglicans in the region looked like.

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Palestine Church Council. 1925. Palestine Church Council: an illustrated report of the origin, work, and needs of the Council of the Episcopal Evangelical Church in the Holy Land. London [?]: CMS [?].