Dr. Yousef Kamal AlKhouri

Dr. Yousef Kamal AlKhouri

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


Dr. AlKhouri is Christian Arab Palestinian theologian and activist. He was born in Gaza to a Christian family that has a long heritage of serving in the priesthood of the Greek Orthodox Church. He is married to Merna and they live in Bethlehem, Palestine. Yousef has written several poems in Arabic. In 2007, he published his first poetry collection under the title “You are Not My Beloved.” In addition to teaching at BethBC and lecturing to international groups on various topics pertaining to Palestine and Palestinian Christians. Dr. AlKhouri is also a board member of Kairos Palestine, Christ at the Checkpoint, and the Academic Alliance for Interfaith Dialogue in Palestine. He enjoys reading, writing, and teaching. He loves music, nature, and traveling.


Ph.D. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
M.Div. Alliance Theological Seminary, U.S.A.
B.A. Bethlehem Bible College, Palestine



“Engaging the Bible in Bethlehem: Encountering Palestinian Christians. Didaskalia, 68-74.
The Kingdom of God and Empires: A Contemporary Palestinian Christian Contextual Biblical Interpretation.[PhD-Thesis – Research and graduation internal, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2024]. https://doi.org/10.5463/thesis.512
“Christ Born in Gaza: Re-reading the Christmas Story.” Cornerstone 86, 2023, 5-7.


“Eschatology and Creation Care in the Context of the Israeli Colonization of Palestine.” In Decolonizing Ecotheology Indigenous and Subaltern Challenges, edited by S. Lily Mendoza and George Zachariah. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2022. 

“A Critical Analysis of Naim Ateek Palestinian Liberation Theology.” In Majority World Theologies: Theologizing From Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Ends of the Earth, edited by Tite Tienou and Allen Yeh. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 2018.  

“Refugee Crisis: A Mission Opportunity and Responsibility.” In Refugee Diaspora: Missions amid the Greatest Humanitarian Crisis of our Times, edited by Sam George and Miriam Adeney. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 2018.  

– More publications in Arabic and other articles. 

Selected Courses

Contextual Theologies: Theories and Examples (MA Level)
Palestinian Contextual Theology 
Churches of Palestine and Their Theologies 
Christian Ethics
Introduction to Christian 
Introduction to the New Testament 

Areas of Interest

– Global Christianity
– Contextual Theologies and Biblical Interpretations
– History of Palestine and Palestinian Christianity
– Advocacy and Peacemaking
– Holistic Missions








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