Through My Enemy's Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine


We are excited to announce that after much labor, thought, prayer, writing, discussion and revision, the much anticipated Through My Enemy’s Eyes Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine has just been released by Paternoster Press. Musalaha Director and Palestinian Christian Salim J. Munayer together with Musalaha Board Member and Israeli Messianic Jew Lisa Loden, tackle many of the issues and debates that split their two communities. This book addresses the universal theological dimension of reconciliation in the context of the Israeli Messianic Jewish and Palestinian Christian divide. The struggle for reconciliation is painful and often extremely difficult for all of us. Yet, this unique work seeks to show the way forward.

This book begins with a brief, yet detailed description of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives. Munayer and Loden then address narrative, and how the communal narratives of both peoples have perpetuated the conflict. This leads them to the larger narrative that both Israeli Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians share through the redemption of the Messiah. They outline a number of theological implications that hinder reconciliation, and conclude with hope for both peoples through presenting a theology of reconciliation.

What others are saying about the book:
In Josh Cohen’s book review, printed in Jews for Jesus’ Havurah Newsletter, he writes, “If theological differences divide, then a shared theology of reconciliation can unite—because Jesus reconciled humanity with God. His incarnation united human nature and divine nature. His crucifixion atoned for sin and tore down the barrier between Jew and gentile. His resurrection conquered death, enabling believers to experience new life in the Spirit. As Jesus suffered for the sins of humanity, so Messianic Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Christians must be willing to suffer for each other. By founding their identity in Jesus, they can cultivate the empathy necessary for reconciliation.”
‘This book is an exceptional gift: It offers clarity without reductionism, and conviction without prejudice. I believe it is uncomfortable in very important ways.’ – Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Theological Seminary
‘Salim Munayer and Lisa Loden provide a provocative, thoughtful and biblical reflection on one of those most challenging situations in the world. I encourage you to read this book with an open mind and heart.’ – Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO, Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance
The books is now available through the Paternoster Press website, Title