We are well aware of the complicated political situations in the Middle East and that often these situations involve conflicts between Israel and surrounding countries. While it may seem easy to lump the continuing conflicts into religious disagreements, it is important to understand the time periods, both before and after the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 to fully understand the current U.S. international policy.
Christians have disagreed strenuously over the meaning and significance of a Jewish state in Palestine. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at OU will be offering a class to provide a context to understanding Middle East issues. Over four class periods students will look at how four different Christian groups–Catholics, “mainline” Protestants, conservative evangelicals, and Orthodox Arab Christians–have related to the Zionist movement, the State of Israel, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
“As with all OLLI courses, we feel this course will accurately illustrate a brief history of modern Israel and its culture, thus being beneficial to those wanting to learn more about the world we live in,” said OLLI program coordinator Patrick Piscitelli.
“We have no doubt students will benefit through a greater understanding of that part of the world and how it differs from our own culture.”
The class, titled Christians and Israel, will be held in the OCCE Forum Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays between July 14 and 24.
OLLI at OU is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning through a variety of noncredit courses and serves individuals ages 50+ who are curious about unique subjects and who love to learn. OLLI’s goal is to create an innovative learning environment that fosters learning through socialization of members and classroom discussion.