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KWM Presents Dr. Gary Burge

First Presbyterian Church, corner 28th and State Street

“Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to ‘Holy Land’ Theology

The 2010 book by this title will come to life on October 21 when the book’s author will give a free public address on the topic. Combining serious biblical scholarship with intimate knowledge of the Middle East, Gary Burge is uniquely equipped to explore competing narratives regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and locate them within the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. He tests long-held assumptions about how Christians should view Israel and the Land against the way the New Testament speaks about it. 
An address by
 The Rev. Dr. Gary M. Burge

First Presbyterian Church
659 State Street
Holland, MI 49423
(use 28th Street entrance due to construction)

7:00pm on Monday, October 21, 2019
Reception to follow the address

Dr. Burge, after 25 years on the faculty of Wheaton College and Graduate School, joined the Faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary in 2017.

There, he is Dean of the Faculty and Visiting Professor of New Testament. He is a graduate of the University of California (BA), Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Aberdeen University (PhD). Among his numerous published books are those which focus attention on biblical interpretation in light of the ancient context in which the biblical writings were written.

Ultimately his biblical research has come to bear on the contemporary cultures of the Middle East, particularly those of Israel/Palestine. A companion book to the one referenced above is Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians [Revised and Updated Edition, 2013].

Gary adds a personal note about the focus of his scholarship:

““When Lebanon’s tragic civil war broke out in the mid 1970s, I was a student at the American University of Beirut studying international politics and Islam.  I never realized what an indelible mark this year would put on me as this dangerous national tragedy unfolded.

Since the university witnessed sporadic closures, I began studying at Beirut’s Near East School of Theology (an Arab-Armenian seminary) and there for the first time was exposed to the technical study of the New Testament (under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey).

It seemed that from here my life found its twin navigational markers: the New Testament and the world of the Middle East.”


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At Kairos West Michigan, we work to unify and mobilize West Michigan Christians to take a stand for peace in Israel/Palestine. We believe that the time is right and that God is preparing the way for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.

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