Pew: Two-thirds of Americans have a favorable view of Israel’s people; fewer say the same about its government

"Americans’ attitudes about Israel are nuanced.... Views of Israel as a country, meanwhile, fall in between, with a little over half of Americans (55%) expressing a favorable opinion." - Pew

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A Review of A Short History of Christian Zionism by Donald M. Lewis

"Lewis lacks sympathy for his subjects, but perhaps more to the point he applies a sociological lens instead of a theological one....he fails to understand the Christians who support a Jewish homeland because he fails to understand them theologically." - DBTS

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The Source of America’s Love for Israel

Geneva Bible (Wikimedia)

In a previous blog post, I surveyed the highlights of statements made by presidents of the United States regarding America’s efforts to be a blessing to the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.

Our nation has a rich legacy of support for Israel, for which we should be very thankful. Many have conjectured that this may ultimately be the reason that God has blessed the United States so abundantly over the course of so many years.

This begs the question: What is the source of this centuries-long focus on Israel? What was the foundation that gave rise to this concept of support for Israel, which—despite the winds of political change—has endured consistently throughout our history?

Our historical search for the answer to that question must take us back to the 16th century and the city of Geneva, Switzerland, where English Reformers gathered after fleeing the persecution advanced by Bloody Mary Tudor, who ruled in England from 1553 to 1558. A number of these men (including Miles Coverdale and John Foxe) congregated in the city where John Calvin preached and there—for the first time in history—translated the Bible completely from the original languages into English. The work they produced is called the Geneva Bible.1

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"[I]t is hard to believe that fundamentalists bought into the discredited Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the 1930s and contributed to anti-Jewish sentiments"

The Course of Christian Zionism. New book surveys the surprising shifts in evangelical and mainline Christian attitudes toward Jewish statehood.

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An open letter war is raging among Baptists regarding support of Israel

“Our claim is that misconstruing the biblical teaching is misleading many Christian Zionists to support settlements on Palestinian land that are unjust, that violate God’s will as well as international law, and that cause dangerous hostility against Israel.” Letter opposing Christian Zionism sparks Israel debate

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