Thursday, December 19, 2013

Around the Galilee with NETS

During the month of November, Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary and Galilee Bible College organized three day trips in and around the Galilee Region. These were led by the Rev Dr Kamal Farah, an Anglican minister who is an expert in the biblical history and the geography of the Holy Land.

The trips were organized to include students, pastors and leaders, and 40 of them took part in the trips. Pastor Kamal gave some very interesting insights from his vast knowledge of the history of the Holy Land, and also led devotional Bible Studies relevant to each site.

The first trip was a visit to the Biblical sites around Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, including Tabgha, Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes. This trip covered the teaching and ministry of Jesus described in Mathew 5-12. Visiting the places where Jesus spent days in prayer, fed the crowds, healed the sick, taught and preached was very much inspiring.

The second trip was a local visit to Nazareth churches, recalling the story of the Annunciation and parts of Jesus’ ministry in Nazareth. From there we drove to Mount Precipice, a place that overlooks several Biblical sites from both Old and New Testaments. This was followed by a visit to the Wedding Church at Cana. We then went to the archaeological site of Sepphoris, the city that Herod Antipas was building during the childhood of Jesus, and which according to tradition is the hometown of the Virgin Mary.

The third trip was a visit to the dramatic cliffs of Mount Arbel, to the recently excavated site of Magdala, both by the Sea of Galilee, and finally to Banias – the site of Caesarea Philippi. We managed to combine this trip with a visit to the local Druze market to buy their fruit and produce.

Many of those who attended really enjoyed this combination of teaching, prayer, visiting the sites, some of which were situated in National Parks, and of learning new things about these special places.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christianity and Freedom: Palestinian Christians in Israel-Palestine

D. Alexander Miller, lecturer in Church History of NETS, and Phil Sumpter, who was a visiting researcher at our seminary. This video is from Panel 4 on the topic of Palestinian Christians in Israel-Palestine, and was presented in Rome on December 12th of 2013.

This was for the Christianity and Freedom Project.

Phil Sumpter's section begins at 27:00 and Miller's section begins at 40:31.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Between the Hammer and the Anvil: Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land"

Alex Miller and Phil Sumpter were asked to compose an original article incorporating new field research on Christians in Israel-Palestine for the Christianity & Freedom project. They are now both in Rome for the conference and would like to share with you their article, "Between the Hammer and the Anvil: Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land".

The PDF can be downloaded from HERE or HERE.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Azar Ajaj on the history of Arab evangelicals in Israel-Palestine

At the annual general meeting (Winter of 2013) of Evangelical Alliance of Israel, Azar Ajaj, president of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, presented this talk on the roots of evangelicalism among Arabs in Israel-Palestine.

To listen to the lecture click HERE.