Analysis Of Jean Zaru's Hope Abundant

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Jean Zaru, who identifies herself as, “. . . a Christian, a Palestinian, a woman, an Arab, and a Quaker. . .” (Zaru 124), has acted as a longtime activist for peace and justice in Palestine, served on numerous community boards in Palestine, and authored two books on Palestinian life as a Christian. Zaru’s article in Hope Abundant, presents and argues for a theology of liberation from oppression (123), rooted in peace, and accomplished through loving your neighbor as yourself through embracing the differences and similarities of each other (137). Zaru begins the article by addressing the oppression she has faced throughout life. As a Christian Palestinian woman, she experienced judgement in Christianity due to her nationality, oppression…show more content…
Lastly, regarding women, Zaru presents that the…show more content…
The personal insight and experience Zaru brings to the article provides an insightful perspective into the subject of oppression and liberation. The author states her argument clearly, but with obvious presuppositions deriving from her life as a Quaker (Zaru 123), thus making her argument slightly confusing at times. For example, as a Quaker, Zaru calls for justice, peace, and nonviolence in all situations, but fails to account for how justice should be sought, and simply acknowledges that a tension exists between peace and justice (135). Additionally, Zaru paints a relatively bleak picture of Old Testament accounts, even claiming that “the God of that portion of the biblical account is the God of people’s consciousness and perception rather than the God who really is” (125). This claim proves incredibly bold and seems to suggest inconsistency between the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament, a claim quite abrasive to those who, like myself, view the Bible as authoritative. Additionally, throughout the article, the author read her own experience into several Biblical accounts (Zaru 127), a practice that can provide clarity into one’s own experience, but should carefully avoid presentism. Despite these few critiques, Zaru offer incredible insight and perspective into the life of someone often viewed as “unchosen” and oppressed due to such views. In her

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