Mitri Raheb Added to Speaker List for Bible, Empire, and Reception History

Mitri Raheb Added to Speaker List for Bible, Empire, and Reception History

Columbia Theological Seminary announced a new addition to the speaker list for its upcoming conference on Bible, Empire, and Reception History during November 18-19.

“We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Mitri Raheb, an internationally acclaimed author, will present at the Bible, Empire and Reception History conference at Columbia Seminary,” said Dr. Raj Nadella, Professor of New Testament, in a statement. “Dr. Raheb is the author of 16 books, and he has appeared on networks such as CNN, ABC, BBC and in publications such as Newsweek and The Economist.”

Mitri Raheb is the president of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem. He is the recipient of several international awards such as the Aachener Peace Prize, the Wittenberg Award, and the German Media Award, for which past recipients include the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, and Kofi Annan.

The Bible, Empire, and Reception History conference will explore the production and use of the Bible in various historical contexts of empire. It will consider the use of postcolonial criticism in interpreting biblical texts and its implications in modern contexts.

“Dr. Raheb will present in the ‘The Bible, Empire, and Asia’ section on Thursday, November 19 along with Kwok Pui-Lan,” said Dr. Brennan Breed, Assistant Professor of Old Testament. “Dr. Raheb is replacing R.S. Sugirtharajah who had to withdraw from the event for personal reasons.”

Mitri Raheb pursued his higher education in Germany, first at Hermannsburg Mission Seminary and then at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, where he completed his graduate studies including a doctorate in theology. He returned to Bethlehem in 1988 to serve as the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church (Christmas Lutheran Church), and serving as the managing editor of the Al-Liqa’ Journal for religious and heritage studies in the Holy Land (1992–1996). Since 1992, Raheb has founded and led a number of projects and institutions serving the social needs of Palestinians living in the Bethlehem area, focusing specifically on women, children, youth, and the elderly.

Columbia Seminary plans to host a live stream of the conference and post videos of presentations for later viewing. A publication of the presentation will also be produced. For more information about the Bible, Empire, and Reception History conference, please visit

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information about Columbia Theological Seminary, please visit

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