Palestinian Folktale: The Patriarch Goes to Heaven

This is a Palestinian Christian story about a man who dies and goes to Heaven. While he’s getting his bearings after being let through the pearly gates, he sees everyone suddenly get all riled up.

They put out decorations and line the streets as if for a festival. The man is confused, so he asks Saint Peter to explain what’s going on.

“A Patriarch has died,” said Saint Peter. “And we’ll be celebrating his entrance into Heaven!”

The Christian Palestinian was annoyed at this and said “Hey, I thought that we were all equal in Heaven. What gives?”

“It’s very, very rare that a Patriarch comes to Heaven,” said Saint Peter.

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