That Makes Total Sense!
That Makes Total Sense!
Episode 174 - Kelley Nikondeha

This advent book (and conversation!) is not just for the Christmas season. I promise you will be blessed by Kelley Nikondeha‘s words all year long! Her new book, The First Advent in Palestine tells of some of the forgotten stories surrounding Jesus’ birth. We know he was born in first century occupied Palestine, but what was the political climate he entered as an infant? How might his family have been dealing with their oppression? What is it like in Israel/Palestine now for Christians and Jews? If you’re curious and want to explore any of those questions, or you want to take your understanding even deeper, this episode is a great place for you to start!

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Mentioned in this episode:

The First Advent in Palestine: Reversals, Resistance, and the Ongoing Complexity of Hope by Kelley Nikondeha

Cover artist Sliman Mansour

Devotional for Advent 2022: Embodying God’s Peace by Kelley Nikondeha and Churches for Middle East Peace

“Why Are Palestinian Christians Leaving Jesus’ Birthplace?” Pt. 1 video

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Ep. 121 with Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon on the conflict in the Middle East

Ep. 023 with Dr. Seth Postell from One for Israel

Ep. 092 with Dr. Matthew Kaemingk on living with people with whom we have deep difference

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