Defining moments in the Black-Israel nexus

by Shelley Neese Jews and Blacks came together naturally out of shared experiences of persecution and perseverance. Like any complex relationship there were periods of cooperation and of conflict. The 1950s and early 1960s are known as the Golden Years when Black and Jewish communities joined hands to take the lead in improving national race…

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The World According to Sabeel

by Shelley Neese What type of lense must one wear to look at the situation of the world and determine that America is a power-hungry empire, Israel is an apartheid state, Christian Zionists are delusional militants, and Palestinians are peaceful advocates for justice? Welcome to Sabeel’s International Conference on Challenging Christian Zionism. Sabeel is the…

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The World According to Sabeel

By Shelley Neese, The Jerusalem Connection What type of lense must one wear to look at the situation of the world and determine that America is a power-hungry empire, Israel is an apartheid state, Christian Zionists are delusional militants, and Palestinians are peaceful advocates for justice?  Welcome to Sabeel’s International Conference on Challenging Christian Zionism. …

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Symbols of Covenant: The Stateless Jew and the Jewish State

By Shelley Neese, The Jerusalem Connection  “The Wandering Jew”— a popular figure in medieval Christian folklore—walks the earth alone until Judgment Day, cursed for offending Jesus on his way to the cross.  In some variants of the story, he is a Jewish shoemaker named Cartaphilus, who, when Jesus stopped to rest on the road to…

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Palestinian Liberation Theology

By Shelley Neese, The Jerusalem Connection Replacement Theology—the belief that the Christian Church replaced Israel in God’s plan—has found a new home in the work of the Sabeel Center—the Jerusalem-based ecumenical organization for Palestinian Christians.  After experiencing decades of decline and total rejection by many denominations, Replacement Theology has resurfaced in the form of Palestinian…

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