Christ is the Owner of Haaretz

Yohanna Katanacho

Dialogue with Muslims requires both Middle Eastern and Western Christians to clarify their biblical theologies of the land, or more precisely of Haaretz. Thus, Yohanna Katanacho, a Palestinian Christian, examines in this essay popular North American beliefs concerning the ownership of Haaretz. He first challenges the insufficient attention of its territorial fluidity in the Bible to the notion that biblical Israel is a non-exclusive ethnic group and to the moral requirements for dwelling in it. Then, connecting Haaretz to salvation history, he advocates a biblical alternative in which Christ is its owner. Mr. Katanacho is Adjunct Instructor of the Old Testament at Trinity International University and a teacher at Bethlehem Bible College.

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