• PALESTINE \ Feb 14, 2009
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    Reading the Old Testament in Bethlehem
Reading the Old Testament in Bethlehem

Bethlehem Bible College, the ministry of Musalaha, and Tabitha Ministries organized this conference bringing Palestinian, Dutch, and several international scholars to reflect on questions that rise when the Old Testament is read in the context of Palestinian Christians. The main scholars were from Bethlehem Bible College (Dr. Yohanna Katanacho; Dr. Salim Munayer; Mr. Munther Isaac; Rev. Alex Awad; Rev. Nihad Salman) and from Vrijie Universiteit in Amsterdam. The Dutch team included Prof. Eep Talstra, Prof. Bernhard Reitsma, Rev. Wim Scheltens, and Mrs. Janneke Stegeman. The Palestinian and Dutch scholars discussed the hermeneutical and exegetical methods of interpreting the Old Testament (Day one), then focused on the theology and exegesis of specific texts in the Psalter (Psalms 87; 118) and Jeremiah 32 (Day two), and in day three addressed the exegetical as well as the pastoral concerns that rise when Palestinian study Joshua 6 and the book of Hosea.

At the end of the conference, the participants applauded the good organization of the conference and the high standards of the presented papers. Many participants expressed their appreciation of important insights that they have learned during the conference; they were happy to know that the lectures have been recorded and can be requested from Bethlehem Bible College. Further, several people suggested that there is a need for further conferences. The Dutch participants responded by suggesting that the next conference should be in Amsterdam.






 Shukri Habibi , April 13, 2009 23:44