—Father Jamal Daibes will be the Mackay Professor of World
December 19, 2012–Dr. Jamal Daibes, dean
of the Faculty of Arts, professor of theology, and chair of the Department of
Religious Studies at Bethlehem University in Palestine, will join
the Princeton Theological Seminary faculty for the spring term of the 2012–2013
academic year as the John A. Mackay Visiting Professor of World Christianity.
Daibes earned both his Ph.D. (1999) and his M.A. (1992) in theology from the
Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained to the priesthood in
the Roman Catholic Church in 1988, at the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.
his tenure at Bethlehem University, he has been involved in conversations among
Christians, Muslims, and Jews, and has participated in interreligious dialogue
in Palestine/Israel, and in conferences on justice and non-violence in the
at Princeton Seminary, Father Daibes will teach two courses. “Religions and Peace
in the Holy Land” will focus on the role of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in
terms of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how religious people can
contribute to peace. A second course, “Palestinian Contextual Theology,” will
focus on the people, history, politics, and religion of Palestine and the
challenges facing Palestinian Christians in the areas of scriptural
interpretation, interreligious dialogue, and Christian presence and mission.
on Dr. Daibes’s appointment, Academic Dean James Kay said, “As Christmastide
approaches and our thoughts turn to the Prince of Peace born in Bethlehem,
Princeton Seminary welcomes Father Jamal Daibes, a distinguished Palestinian
theologian, from the ancient City of David. He will help our seminarians better
understand the mission and witness of the church amid the seemingly intractable
conflicts of today’s Middle East. This is a wonderful opportunity for the
entire Seminary community to expand our horizons, to connect with our fellow
Christians in Palestine, and to deepen our commitments to interreligious
dialogue on behalf of a more peaceful world.”
The Mackay Chair in
World Christianity is named for the Seminary’s third president, John A. Mackay,
a native of Scotland who was a missionary to Latin America before he became the
Seminary’s president and professor of ecumenics. The chair makes it possible
for a scholar from the international church to spend a semester in Princeton
teaching in the Seminary’s curriculum.
Princeton Seminary was established in
1812 by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate
professional school of theology. Currently concluding its Bicentennial year,
Princeton is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than
500 students in six graduate degree programs.