Evangelicals and Israel: The Story of American Christian Zionism

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Oxford University Press, Dec 9, 2008 - Religion - 352 pages
Most observers explain evangelical Christians' bedrock support for Israel as stemming from the apocalyptic belief that the Jews must return to the Holy Land as a precondition for the second coming of Christ. But the real reasons, argues Stephen Spector, are far more complicated. In Evangelicals and Israel, Spector delves deeply into the Christian Zionist movement, mining information from original interviews, web sites, publications, news reports, survey research, worship services, and interfaith conferences, to provide a surprising look at the sources of evangelical support for Israel. Israel is God's prophetic clock for many evangelicals - irrefutable proof that prophecy is true and coming to pass in our lifetime. But Spector goes beyond end-times theology to find a complex set of motivations behind Israel-evangelical relations. These include the promise of God's blessing for those who bless the Jews; gratitude to Jews for establishing the foundations of Christianity; remorse for the Chu
 

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Contents

1 We Are with the Jewish People
1
The Bases of Evangelical Support for Israel
23
3 The Evangelical Mosaic
36
4 The Arab and Muslim Enemy
50
5 The War with Islam as a Faith
76
6 Criticisms of Christian Zionism
111
7 Its My Land and Keep Your Hands Off of It
141
8 Gods Timetable
158
9 Prophecy Policy and the Unfolding of Gods Plan
186
10 Christian Zionists Bush and the AlAqsa Intifada
212
11 Evangelicals and the Dynamics of George W Bushs Middle East Policy
234
Notes
255
Selected Bibliography
311
Index
325
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Stephen Spector is Professor of English at Stony Brook University. He is the author of Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews.

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