Most Rev. Samir Kafity
Professor of New Testament, St. Mary's College, University of Surrey
Samir Kafity was parish priest in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bir Zeit and Beirut.
He was ordained Bishop of the diocese of Jerusalem in 1982. He was the second
Palestinian to serve as Bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem and the first Palestinian
to be elected President Bishop of the Episcopal Province of the Middle East.
The Diocese of Jerusalem includes Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon,
Syria and Jordan. The Province of the Middle East includes 22 countries from
the Gulf states to Morocco.
Bishop Kafity was a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Society for Biblical Studies. He was the first person to endorse the vision of S.B.S. and he was an enthusiastic supporter.
"In the world we hear of a first world, a third world, a Muslim world, a Christian world, a Western world, an Arab world...all these worlds! But in the Bible, I read about only one world and one God of us all. Let's stop tearing apart what God has put together"
Bishop Samir Kafity