Palestine

An Evaluation of Arab Evangelistic Efforts of Jewish People in Israel

Author
Moshe Loewenthal D.Min.
Abstract
This applied research project aimed to evaluate the reasons why the Arab Christian body of believers in Israel does not evangelize Israeli Jews. This research consisted of three parts: (1) Clarification of theological views that hinder Jewish evangelism; (2) Surveys to detect the reasons why evangelism is not done; (3) Interviews with Arab leaders and one messianic pastor to gain their perspective on the reasons why Arab brothers and sisters are not evangelizing to the Jews.

This project had three hypotheses:

• There is a lack of Jewish Evangelism from the Arab Christians toward the Jewish people in Israel because of the difference in culture and politics.
• There is a lack of Jewish Evangelism from the Arab Christians toward the Jewish people in Israel because of a lack of knowledge in how to do it.
• There is a lack of evangelism from the Arab Christians toward the Jewish people in Israel because of their belief in replacement theology.

The first two surveys were given to Arab Christian leaders and believers of churches from Israel. The surveys focused on their spiritual life, politics, the land of Israel, and Zionism. They ended with asking about their engagement in Jewish evangelism. I hoped to discover whether Jewish evangelism exists and if not, why.

The surveys and interviews of the Arab leaders and pastors in Israel evaluated whether the hypotheses were correct and helped discover the next steps for change regarding Jewish evangelism from our Arab brothers and sisters in Israel. The surveys and interviews supported my hypotheses. Other issues that might hinder Arabs from sharing the gospel with Jews in Israel were found as well. These issues might become the foundation for other research projects.

Preaching and the Holy Land

Author
Duncan Macleod Macpherson
Abstract
This study enquires into the impact of the Holy Land upon preaching and its wider relevance in its geographical cultural, historical, and contemporary aspects. Historical enquiry into the place of the Holy Land in preaching traces the development of pilgrimage to the Holy Land, identifying the potential of shrines and sites for preaching hermeneutical perspectives to do justice to realities affecting the peoples of the Holy Land. The work also identifies and interprets research elements, evaluating preaching plans, to support the argument that a Holy Land perspective contributes to the devotional and preaching imagination of the wider Church.
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