Theology in Israel and Palestinian Territories

22 students from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology — led by Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Perkins Global Theological Education Program — are participating in a Palestine-Israel immersion course from Dec. 29 through Jan. 13, 2014. Their itinerary includes lectures and interaction with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and scholars, and travel throughout the region, including to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah, the Sea of Galilee, and more.

Follow Dr. Hunt on the Perkins Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/25844609000/ and the blog of Perkins student Scott Gilliland at http://scottandraegan.blogspot.co.il/

The Perkins Global Theological Education Program helps prepare students, pastors, and other Christian leaders to guide congregations into more culturally sensitive, competent, and effective mission both within and outside the United States. The program offers significant hands-on immersion experiences, grass-roots inter-religious dialogue, and exposure to cross-cultural ministries. Learn more at smu.edu/perkins.

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‘Who is my neighbor?’

An update from Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Perkins Global Theological Education Program:

Today we looked at social justice in the Talmudic tradition: “And the Torah commands us, ‘Do not harden your heart and do not close your hand’ to the needy. If your heart hardens, your hand will close and you will see that your fingers are of equal length and then you will say to him (the poor person) – ‘Go out and work like me!’ But do the opposite, open your hand and then you will see that your fingers are both short and long and this is how God created people, big and small, and this lives from that.”
- Rabbi Yeshua Lalum (1901-1950)

Some hard questions about how far this extends. “Who is my neighbor?” isn’t just a Christian question, and time and circumstance make answering it harder than it might appear.

Rachel Korazim tells the history of Israeli interpretations of the Shoah and how they are changing.

Rachel Korazim tells the history of Israeli interpretations of the Shoah and how they are changing.

Today we visited the Holocaust museum. Now we are in Jaffa listening to a wonderful lecture by Rachel Korazim on the different narratives of the Holocaust that shape Israeli thought. This is the theme of the week – multiple narratives of what it means to be Jewish. Indeed, contradictory narratives.

On the beach in Tel Aviv - a long day coming to an end.

On the beach in Tel Aviv – a long day coming to an end.

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