• February 08, 2007
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    A new Christian publication that intends to write theology on current and relevant issues was recently launched in Nazareth under the title "Al-Kalima" meaning "the Word" in Arabic.

    The publication is aimed at the level of church members as the intention is to produce a theology for the people. It is published by the Nazareth Center for Christian Studies (NCCS), the newly launched center of learning in Nazareth. NCCS is an initiative of the Association of Baptist Churches in Israel (ABC). The ABC is the single largest evangelical group in Israel.

    Special for "Come and See", Feb 8, 2007

    Something good from Nazareth: ?theology for the people?
  • November 06, 2006
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    Many Jews in the United States and in Israel feel uncomfortable with the joining of Jews and evangelicals. Under the title ?A blessing or a curse? American evangelists explained?, Yitzhak Benhorin of Yediot Ahronot provides an in-depth overview of ?Christian Zionists? in the USA, while trying to explain their support to the puzzled Israeli reader.

    This article is located in the "Global Terror" section (!!) and draws Evangelicals as 75 Million Christians in America that their first love is Israel - It also interviews the executive director of the Evangelical Christian lobby group lead by Pastor John Hagee.

    Yitzhak Benhorin, YNET, Nov 5, 2006

    American Evangelicals explained - to the Israeli reader
  • August 18, 2006
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    In February, the Palestinian Bible Society in Gaza City received a terrorist threat: close and leave Gaza by the end of the month or be bombed. The Bible Society staff counted the cost, surrendered their lives to Christ and did not leave despite the real threat of death. Labib Madanat, a Jordanian Christian who is the director of the Palestinian Bible Society, explains that the Bible Society is called to serve the Palestinian people ? including the Muslims. The Society's commitment to love and to serve their ?beloved? Muslims continues, uninterrupted.

    Open Doors Press Release, Aug 15, 2006

    You are never afraid of those whom you love, even if they hate you?
  • August 17, 2006
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    Apart of a few moments of alarms and rocket strikes in the vicinity of the city, the Sunday before the cease-fire was mostly sad and quiet in Nazareth's deserted tourist center. This place is one of the most visited, interesting and beautiful tourism sites of the Galilee; an attraction drawing pilgrims from all over the world. In its center lies the Annunciation Basilica, which according to tradition stands above the ancient house in which Mary, mother of Jesus, has had her conception announced (yesterday, August 15, marked the catholic holiday of the virgin mother, celebrating the day she rose to the heavens).

    Orna Coussin, Haaretz, Aug 16, 2006

    Poor Mary
  • June 16, 2006
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    Before the mass immigration from the former Soviet Union, the Greek Orthodox community in Israel numbered about 40,000, the vast majority of whom were Arabs. The community has tripled in size thanks to the immigrants. New churches have opened and old ones are booming. These immigrants are also very dedicated believers and have pushed the "old-timers" to extend the prayer services.

    Lili Galili meets the Greek Orthodox community in the city of Migdal Haemeq - who are lead by a Christian Arab priest.

    By Lili Galili, Haaretz, June 16, 2006

    The Hebrew speaking Greek Orthodox Church
  • March 22, 2006
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    George Khoury is from Israel, but he is not a Jew.
    Khoury is Arab, but he is not a Muslim.
    He belongs to a Byzantine church, but is not Orthodox.
    And the husband and father of three is a Catholic priest, but not a Roman Catholic one.

    If all those labels are not confusing enough, the 51-year-old Khoury ? a Palestinian Christian who is a priest in the Greek Catholic Church ? is also a clinical psychologist who says there is really only one label that matters to him.

    ?Most importantly, I am a human being,? Khoury said.

    Rapid City Journal, Jan 24, 2006

    George Khoury brings unique perspective to Rapid City
  • January 30, 2006
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    ?It makes me feel like I?m right in a biblical setting,? said Mrs. Carter. With her daughter Amy and son Jeff, she was wending her way through the living reconstruction of first-century Nazareth Village yesterday, on her first visit to the site she has supported for years. Villagers in authentic costumes were hoeing around olive trees as the farmer worked his way through a flock of sheep to carry a new-born lamb toward her. The Carter family and entourage were enthralled, and stroked its silky white face. Even the security service personnel pressed closer.

    BY Glenn Edward Witmer, Menno Jerusalem, Jan 28, 2006

    First Lady of Nazareth Village visits her flock
  • December 24, 2005
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    By secular standards, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa has done spectacularly well in his career. Even from the perspective of the Catholic establishment, Pizzaballa is an unparalleled success story. In fact, being appointed custodian of the Holy Land at the age of 39 is quite a feat by any yardstick: In practice, Pizzaballa is the man in charge of all the Christian holy places in the Middle East.

    By Lili Galili, Haaretz, Dec 24, 2005

  • December 13, 2005
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    They have come to Israel from Russia and Ukraine. They are more numerous than the members of the historical Churches, but they are not included in any tally. Observant Jews, Orthodox Christians, and Catholics are all competing for them.

    by Sandro Magister, Chiesa, Dec 13, 2005

  • November 18, 2005
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    Bethlehem, a place of Christian pilgrimage for centuries, will soon be encircled by Israel's security barrier. Is the town to become no more than a museum among ancient shrines? John Harris meets the people campaigning to keep it alive

    Saturday November 5, 2005, The Guardian