Happy Thanksgiving from CAMERA's Partnership!
Tricia Miller, Ph.D. and Dexter Van Zile
CAMERA's Partnership of Christians and Jews wishes you a blessed and meaningful celebration of Thanksgiving!
Dear Christian Leaders,
It goes without saying that 2020 has been a most difficult and unprecedented year. But even in the midst of the hardships, there is good news for Israel, for which everyone who cares about the Jewish State can give thanks. On September 15, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were joined by the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House to sign historic agreements between Israel and the two Arab countries.
The Abraham Accords Declaration, signed by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain begins with the words:
"We, the undersigned, recognize the importance of maintaining and strengthening peace in the Middle East and around the world based on mutual understanding and coexistence, as well as respect for human dignity and freedom, including religious freedom."
The Accords between Israel and two Arab nations are indeed an historic moment in Arab-Israel relations, as they commit the countries involved to a warm peace that involves full diplomatic relations and normalization that includes far more intensive cooperation in economic, scientific, and social fields than the cold peace treaties Israel has with Egypt and Jordan - neither of which have resulted in the normalization of relations between the states or the peoples of those states.
Furthermore, the Abraham Accords may help to facilitate peace between Israel and the Palestinians by demonstrating that Arab governments and their citizens benefit by partnering with Israel - in contrast to seeking the destruction of the Jewish State. Hopefully, the Palestinian Authority will recognize that it has lost the Arab League's support for its intransigent anti-Israel position, and will realize that it is in its best interest to work with Israel, rather than continue to fight against its existence.
Within weeks of the agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the Republic of Sudan also agreed to make peace with the Jewish State. The decision of all three of these Arab states to make peace with Israel is the result of efforts on the part of the Trump administration and the recognition by these Sunni states that doing so will strengthen their security in the face of increased threats from Turkey and Iran.
As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the opening of a trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdulatif bin Rashid Al Zayani in Jerusalem, these peace agreements “tell malign actors like the Islamic Republic of Iran that… they are ever-more isolated and shall forever be until they change their direction.”
This is wonderful news for everyone who loves peace, and cause for much gratitude this Thanksgiving! May these agreements last far into the future, and may more Arab nations join the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan in making peace with Israel.
The Hebrew Heritage Bible Underscores the Jewish Roots of Christianity
As many of you know, in late October, CAMERA's Partnership of Christians and Jews was privileged to host a webinar featuring Dr. Brad H. Young, the translator and publisher of the soon-to-be-released Hebrew Heritage Bible. Dr. Young's work on this new translation reflects the depth and breadth of his forty plus years of scholarship in Judaism, early Christianity, biblical research and translation.
The Hebrew Heritage Bible is groundbreaking in the way it underscores the Jewish roots of Christianity, reconstructs the Hebrew sources of the biblical text, and uncovers the Jewish mindset and Hebrew thought behind what is written. In so doing, it clarifies certain texts concerning Israel and the Jewish people that, as a result of faulty interpretation, have inspired antisemitism and delegitimization of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
By affirming the Hebrew heritage of the Christian faith and allowing the modern reader to hear what the first century listeners heard, the erroneous doctrine of replacement theology is refuted, and the false notion of a Palestinian Jesus is exposed. As a result, the fight against anti-Israel Palestinian propaganda has been taken to a whole new level.
If you were not able to join us last month for our fascinating and informative discussion with Dr. Young, or if you would like to watch it again and share it with others, a recording is available here.
The Hebrew Heritage Bible is scheduled to be released in December!
If you would like to preorder your own copy, you may order it here.
Have a joyful Thanksgiving!
For the sake of Israel,
Tricia Miller and Dexter Van Zile