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The Bible in Semitic thought-forms

Poetry and poetic passages fill the Bible pages from the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation.  In the NT, the songs of Mary, Anna and Simeon and the intimations of hymns belonging to the early Christian … Continue reading

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Silence

Silence in an important aspect of Arab mentality.  What is not said is as important, perhaps more important, than what is said. Silence is a means of concealing information which might lead to a loss of honour.  Arabs dislike revealing … Continue reading

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Arabic is the Arab’s greatest treasure

The language of a peninsula’s daily communication was transformed in the seventh century to become the direct source of spiritual nourishment for generations of Muslims. Songs and poetry are important facets of that oral literature.  Riddles, sayings and proverbs contribute … Continue reading

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Concept of time and space

God is no stranger to Middle Easterners’ concepts of time and space.  Intrusions into space have taken the form of miracles, while dreams have interrupted time. Visions and dreams significantly interrupt Muslims’ lives, just as they interrupted the lives of … Continue reading

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Phrases or Actions: Stretch your legs to the size of your blanket

The themes of time and space tend to reinforce one another illustrating a difference in perspective from general Western assumptions about the time/space continuum. Like time, space is conceived of in organic and personal terms by Middle Easterners.  Even in … Continue reading

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‘Value’ culture

Perhaps one could differentiate Western from Middle Eastern culture in terms of the former being a reality culture and the latter a value culture.  For Middle Easterners, facts are more negotiable commodities. The biblical world, like those of many contemporary … Continue reading

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No clocks

The world of the Middle Easterner hardly features the clock at all.  For the Middle Easterner, time is far more likely to be measured by purposeful divisions of the day. In traditional, agricultural contexts this has meant getting up at … Continue reading

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