Who are the Christians in the Middle East? (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003 - Religion - 215 pages
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The Middle East has dominated international news and global politics for years. From the perspective of religion, however, many Americans think of the Middle East only in terms of Muslims and Jews and are unaware of the many Christian communities living there.

Written by Betty Jane and J. Martin Bailey, two Christian pastors who have lived and worked in the Middle East for several years, this fascinating volume limns the varieties and experiences of Christians in the Middle East from Pentecost to the present.

Based on personal experience, official church documents, and extensive interviews, the book includes several introductory articles on the Middle East and Christianity, an informative timeline, a section on each Christian denomination presently active in the region, and a series of country-by-country reports on the present situation of the church and the challenges it faces. In addition to these larger discussions, the book also features several short vignettes on various people and places of special historical significance to the church in the Middle East.

For Christians wanting to be au courant on the religious dimension of the Middle East, this volume provides a superb, up-to-date survey. Having traveled extensively throughout the Middle East of late, the Baileys have continued to revise their writing to take into account current events and developments. And, by looking at the strife and struggles in the Middle East through the eyes of Christians in the region, they offer a perspective that has received scant attention in the mainstream media.

Unique amid all the Middle East literature available, "The Christians and Their Churches in the Middle Eastwill engage anyone interested in better understanding the role of Christianity, past and present, in this crucial, volatile area of the world.

  

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Contents

A Western Christian Appreciation of Eastern Christianity
3
The Future of Christians in the Arab World
12
The Churches of the Middle East Now Work Together
22
The Importance of Jerusalem to Christians
32
A Timeline of Christianity in the Middle East
37
A Word about Numbers
43
The Origins of the Diversity of Christianity in the Middle East
47
The Eastern Orthodox Family
54
Egypt
144
Israel and Palestine
150
Iran
159
Iraq
162
Jordan
166
Lebanon
170
The Maghreb North Arica
176
The Persian Gulf
180

The Oriental Orthodox Family
66
The Catholic Family
79
The Evangelical Protestant Family
97
The Assyrian Church of the East
130
A Brief History
137
Cyprus
141
Sudan
186
Syria
190
Turkey
195
Annotated Bibliography
201
Index
204
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About the author (2003)

Betty Jane Bailey is currently a consultant to the Middle East Office of the Common Global Ministries Board, UCC/Disciples of Christ. J.

Martin Bailey is presently serving as director of development for Worldwide Faith News and as media consultant to the Hartford-based interfaith project Faith Communities Today. Both are ordained ministers in the United Church of Christ.

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