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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (November 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570757844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570757846
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would propose a term like Christian Civilism.
Michael Korn
I have met Naim Ateek and found him to be gently resolute and patient, looking for the long-haul peace will take.
Carol L. Tuck
I have spent alot of time reading books on this subject .
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ateek's vision is three-fold: the unity of all Palestinian Christians, dialogue between Christian and Muslim Palestinians, and peace between Israelis and Palestinians. It comes from a priest who is an Arab citizen of Israel and whose calling and proximity to internal affairs lends Biblical and social insights into the problems facing all in the region, making this a fine pick for both religious and social issues libraries alike.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Sizer on February 20, 2009
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Twenty years in the writing, Canon Naim Ateek's long awaited sequel to Justice only Justice, may prove to be the most important work ever written by a Palestinian theologian.
For those who know and respect Canon Ateek and the reconciliation work of the Sabeel Liberation Theology Centre in Jerusalem, the title says it all: A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation. He is unwavering in his conviction that "Our God-given mandate is to see that an enduring peace is achieved in the Middle East" (p. xiii). The book explains the reasons for the struggle for justice; the tortuously slow progress made in the last twenty years; why successive peace agreements have failed; and why reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis is as elusive today as it was in 1948 or 1967. While brutally realistic, it is nevertheless a hopeful book, calling for justice for Palestinians, peace for Israelis and reconciliation for both.
The book has three parts. The first part is entitled, "Recapping History" and traces the birth of Sabeel, Canon Ateek's own personal story, the generous offer of the Palestinians to share the land in a "two state solution" and the consistent refusal of Israel to abide by international law which has led to both political extremism and the breeding of violence. There is an extended exposition of the parable of the unjust judge (Luke 18) and some of Jesus' harshest words against those who deprive others of justice (Matthew 23:25-26). With great care, Canon Ateek explains why successive peace negotiations failed because they failed to address the root cause of the conflict - Israel's illegal occupation, annexation and colonisation of the West Bank.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Kelley on June 29, 2009
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THE REV. Naim Ateek is often called the "Desmond Tutu of Palestine" for his leading role in promoting Palestinian nonviolent resistance. Rejecting the misuse of scriptures by Jewish and Christian Zionists, he has written a new book offering theological insights to biblical texts that help Palestinian Christians living under Israeli occupation. These original Christians find relevance and meaning in a biblical God who is sympathetic to their cause for justice, and in Jesus of Nazareth, who suffered and died under Roman occupation.

The book may be even more important for Christians in the West, however, who, having little knowledge of their own scriptures' central message against the domination and violence of empires or of Jesus and his radical, subversive teaching, repeat the mistakes of history in their allegiances to power. A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation presents a very human Jesus who will appeal even to non-religionists (if they are peaceful ones), while also honoring the Jesus Christ of the Christian faith. Ateek also reaches back to Old Testament figures to debunk problematic Christian and Jewish theologies and uncovers ancient biblical teachings relevant to today's Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Ateek's book belongs to the genre called liberation theology, conceived in early Latin American colonial days by missionaries who questioned the treatment of indigenous peoples by their European conquerors. Major changes in the Catholic church during Vatican II spurred a renewal in the church's mission to the poor and its reflection on how the Gospel addresses issues of justice and peace.
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This book considers the events leading to today’s present situation in Israel from the perspective of a Palestinian Christian. It reviews the history of substantial Palestinian actions directed toward a peaceful solution to the polity of Israel. The author proposes a theological groundwork for thinking toward peace, justice, and reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews.

The author makes a fervent case from Scripture for a liberation theology for Palestinians and proposes interesting insights to both Old Testament and New Testament passages that bring a distinctive lens to a theology of land. He argues that viewing ownership of land as the primary gift of God to the people of Israel is contradicted in much of Scripture and that a theology that focuses on land rather than God becomes divisive and non-inclusive and supports violent actions.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Young on July 26, 2009
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Ateek is a Palestinian Christian, a citizen of Israel who lived through the Israeli occupation of 1948. The book is an accurate history of the various intifadas, peace initiatives and hope for reconciliation. He gives various biblical insights as his basis for hope.
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