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ISBN: 9781783684939
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 14
Publication Date: 31/01/2019
Pages: 264
Series: ATS Theological Forum Series
Language: English

How Long, O Lord?

The Challenge and Promise of Reconciliation and Peace


The task of reconciliation with God, ourselves and others is an integral element of the mission of God that has been entrusted to his people and leads us to be peacemakers in our societies. Dealing with the grand vision of peace and reconciliation, this book unlocks the biblical story of reconciliation and challenges churches to widen their scope of mission and become a healing and restorative community. With a particular focus on case studies from the Philippines, this book gives insight on the work of reconciliation in different parts of the world. Dealing with themes such as repentance, forgiveness, partnership, and multiculturalism, How Long, O Lord? offers a thorough, academic investigation of the ministry of reconciliation that will be useful for pastors, counsellors, and scholars in various contexts.

Author Bios

Athena E. Gorospe
(Edited By)

ATHENA E. GOROSPE holds a PhD in Theology (Old Testament) from Fuller Theological Seminary, USA and is Associate Professor at Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines where she teaches in the areas of Old Testament, Hebrew language, and Theology. As an Asian scholar-activist, her research interests lie in the area of Scripture’s interface with philosophy, culture, and social transformation.

Charles R. Ringma
(Edited By)

CHARLES RINGMA is Emeritus Professor at Regent College, Canada, an Honorary Research Associate Professor at University of Queensland, Australia, and Adjunct Faculty at Asian Theological Seminary, Philippines.


Once you begin reading this book you will not easily put it down, and you will come away with renewed inspiration to be part of God’s program of reconciliation.

William Dyrness, PhD
Author and Senior Professor of Theology and Culture,
Fuller Theological Seminary

Can peace and justice embrace in our violent and unjust world? This rich compilation probes the depths both of the biblical narrative as well as the stories of contemporary peacemakers in a hope-inspiring and practically rooted response to that urgent question.

Ruth Padilla DeBorst, PhD
Provost, Center for Interdisciplinary Theological Education
Coordinator, International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT)

This compendium presents an invaluable tool that will enable the Body of Christ to overcome our deficiencies in the realm of peacemaking and fulfill the mission of our Lord, the Prince of Peace.

Bishop Efraim Tendero
Secretary General/CEO,
World Evangelical Alliance

This book takes the Western evangelical into another world – a world almost ignored in popular evangelical literature. The constant question put to the reader is, What does the Bible say about peace and reconciliation in a world where division, injustice, and conflict prevail? This is a wonderful book, but the pain it reflects makes it a challenging read.

Rev Kevin Giles, DTh
Pastor, Theologian, Writer
Melbourne, Australia

This book presents to various Christian leaders and theologians, God’s revelations on the reconciliation and healing brought about by Christ in different contexts. I highly encourage every pastor and church leader to have a copy of this book.

Bishop Noel Pantoja
National Director,
Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches

I commend How Long, O Lord? to all who define their life in the world by the dictates of the gospel story, but especially to those that are troubled, restless, and dissatisfied with the way things are in the church and in our world today.

Bishop David Zac Niringiye, PhD
Senior Fellow,
Institute for Religion, Faith, and Culture in Public Life (INTERFACE)
Visiting Fellow,
Fuller Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

    1. List of Abbreviations
    2. List of Figures and Tables
    3. List of Photos
    4. Foreword by Timoteo D. Gener
    5. Foreword by Aldrin M. Peñamora
    6. Introduction: “How Long, O Lord?” The Challenge and Promise of Reconciliation and Peace
  1. Section I. Biblical Perspectives
    1. 1. “Righteousness and Peace Kiss One Another” (Ps 85:10): Biblical Perspectives on Peace and Reconciliation
      1. Christopher J. H. Wright
    2. 2. “What’s Your Name?” Biblical Perspectives on Memory and Reconciliation
      1. Takamitsu Muraoka
    3. 3. God in the Face of the Other: A Biblical Model for Resolving Conflicts (Genesis 32–33)
      1. Alvin M. Molito
  2. Section II. The Ways of Peace
    1. 4. Issues in Israeli and Palestinian Reconciliation Encounters
      1. Salim J. Munayer
    2. 5. Peacebuilding from Below in a Multicultural Setting: A Case Study of a Space for Peace and Its Challenges to the Evangelical Faith Community
      1. Fermin P. Manalo Jr.
    3. 6. Moses, the Datu, and the Prince of Peace: Sources and Synergies for Filipino Leadership
      1. Jeremy Simons
  3. Section III. Healing and Forgiveness
    1. 7. Telling a Different Story: Rwandans Learn to Forgive After Genocide
      1. John Steward
    2. 8. Healing the Trauma of War and Internal Displacement: Exploring the Nexus of Trauma Healing and Reconciliation
      1. Annabel M. Manalo
    3. 9. Family Reconciliation among Survivors of Incest and Abandonment: A Case Study in Accompaniment
      1. Tricia Mazo
  4. Section IV. Liturgical and Cultural Resources
    1. 10. Franciscan Peacemaking: Making Connections with the Wider Christian Tradition
      1. Charles Ringma
    2. 11. Kapayapaan at Pagbasa ng “Pasyong Mahal”: Pagtuklas sa Ugnayan
      1. Ronaldo H. Magpayo
    3. 12. The Aestheticization of Violence and the Poetics of Peace
      1. John Robert Rances
  5. Section V. Partnership and Cooperation
    1. 13. Missional Engagement for Reconciliation: Local Church Builds Relationships with a Muslim Community
      1. Glicerio M. Manzano, Jr.
    2. 14. The Philippine Bible Society and Interconfessional Bible Translation: An Avenue for Dialogue and Cooperation in the Filipino Christian Church
      1. Christine Joy N. Martinez and Leizl S. Ocampo
  6. Bibliography
  7. About the Editors and Contributors


Christopher J. H. Wright

CHRISTOPHER J. H. WRIGHT is Global Ambassador and Ministry Director ofLangham Partnership. He was formerly principal of All Nations Christian College,Ware, UK, after he taught at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. His books includeOld Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, Knowing God –The Trilogy, The Mission of God’s People and several commentaries in The BibleSpeaks Today series.

Takamitsu Muraoka

TAKAMITSU MURAOKA was born in Hiroshima in 1938. He has a BA in English, an MA in linguistics from Tokyo Kyoiku University, and a PhD in Hebrew from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was Professor of Hebrew at the Leiden University, The Netherlands, for more than ten years before retirement. Previously, he was Lecturer in Semitic Languages at Manchester University, UK, and Professor in Middle Eastern Studies, Melbourne University, Australia. In 2017, he was awarded the British Academy’s Burkitt Medal for Hebrew Bible studies, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the study of Hebrew grammar and syntax and the Septuagint.

Alvin M. Molito

ALVIN M. MOLITO completed his BA in Theology at the Philippine Missionary Institute and his MDiv in Biblical Studies at ATS. He works as a translator of the Philippine Bible Society, as visiting faculty of ATS and Penuel School of Theology, and as pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Las Piñas City.

Salim J. Munayer

SALIM J. MUNAYER is executive director and founder of Musalaha Ministry of Reconciliation, which has been bringing Israelis and Palestinians together since 1990 and creating a forum for reconciliation. Salim is a Palestinian-Israeli born in Lod, and received his BA from Tel Aviv University in History and Geography, his MA from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his PhD from the Oxford Center of Mission Studies, UK. He also did graduate studies in New Testament at Pepperdine University. He has published books on reconciliation, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Christians in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. His most recent work is Through My Enemy’s Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2014) co-authored with Lisa Loden. Salim served as academic dean and professor at Bethlehem Bible College from 1989 to 2008. He is adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Fermin P. Manalo, Jr

FERMIN P. MANALOD JR. is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development and Center for International Studies. He is a visiting faculty of the Transformational Urban Leadership program at Asian Theological Seminary.

Jeremy Simons

JEREMY SIMONS previously worked in public schools and community-based restorative justice advocacy in Denver, Colorado. After this, he lived in Mindanao for nearly ten years, where he engaged government, civil society, church, and academe as a peacebuilding consultant. He has taught conflict transformation, restorative justice, and appreciative inquiry in universities and non-governmental organizations in the Philippines and across Asia. He also co-edited a publication on transitional justice for the Bangsamoro peace process and has essays published in a variety of news publications. He is currently in New Zealand conducting doctoral research on indigenous peace and restorative justice traditions.

John Steward

JOHN STEWARD has post-graduate degrees in agriculture and divinity. His PhD is in soil science. He lectured in theology and rural development in Java, Indonesia for nine years, and then over 14 years he trained aid workers from 50 countries. From 1997 he mentored Rwandan peacemakers, before writing stories of some Rwandans who have found hope and change through truth-telling and healing. These testimonies are the Rwandans way of saying: ‘You can recover from terrible times, with courage and the help of God’s grace’.

Annabel Manzanilla-Manalo

ANNABEL MANAZILLA-MANALO (PhD), a licensed psychologist in clinical, counselling and assessment psychology, serves as the Associate Professor and Chair of the Counselling Department at the Asian Theological Seminary (ATS), Quezon City, Philippines. She also currently serves as the Director of the ATS Counselling Centre and heads the Disaster Response and Psychological Training Program. For the past twenty years Annabel has been involved with various NGOs providing psychological services to many different communities, including those displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters, survivors of torture and enforced disappearance, families of victims of extrajudicial killings, and street children and youth at risk.

Tricia Mazo

TRICIA MAZO is a licensed social worker with over twenty years of experience. She is a graduate of ATS with a degree in Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. She worked as a social welfare specialist and program developer with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and was the program manager of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a Christian ministry in Manila, where she journeyed with girls and boys who were abused, abandoned, and exploited. She is currently the Protection Specialist for Middle East Response of Tearfund UK.

Ronaldo H. Magpayo

RONALDO MAGPAYO is the pastor of Sumapa Christian Church in Malolos, Bulacan. He completed his MDiv in Biblical Studies at Asian Theological Seminary (ATS) and received his ThM in Theological Studies at Asia Graduate School of Theology, Philippines. He is a faculty member of Penuel School of Theology and a visiting professor of the Theology Department at ATS.

John Robert Rances

JOHN ROBERT RANCES received his BA from Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is currently an MA Theology student at ATS and adjunct faculty at Penuel School of Theology. He is the Resident Pastor of Jesus Cares Church, a member of the Presbyterian Churches of the Philippines.

Glicerio M. Manzano, Jr

GLICERIO (JOJO) MANZANO JR., DMiss, served as a missionary in Nepal with International Nepal Fellowship before serving with OMF International as General Secretary of the Philippine Home Council of OMFI. He is a graduate of Laidlaw College, New Zealand; Australian College of Theology, Sydney; and Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST), Philippines. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Asian Theological Seminary Intercultural and Urban Studies Department, which he formerly chaired before he retired. He is also the Director of the Doctor of Intercultural Studies Program of AGST-Philippines.

Christine Joy N. Martinez

CHRISTINE JOY N. MARTINEZ is the Translation Supervisor of the Philippine Bible Society, currently on study leave to finish her PhD in Biblical Theology at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola School of Theology. She finished her MDiv in Biblical Studies with honors at Asian Theological Seminary and completed her undergraduate degree in Linguistics at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Leizl S. Ocampo

LEIZL S. OCAMPO is a copyeditor for the Philippine Bible Society. She completed her degree in Linguistics as Summa Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

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