Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land by Shalom Goldman

Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land

byShalom Goldman

Paperback | December 1, 2014

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The standard histories of Zionism have depicted it almost exclusively as a Jewish political movement, one in which Christians do not appear except as antagonists. In the highly original Zeal for Zion, Shalom Goldman makes the case for a wider and more inclusive history, one that brings the substantial Christian involvement with Zionism--most recently by American evangelical Protestants--into the light.

Goldman offers a fresh perspective on the history of Zionism, deftly weaving together the stories of poets and diplomats, Christian scholars and Jewish leaders, the Vatican and the State of Israel, and modern literary masters such as Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Graves, and Vladimir Nabokov. Goldman argues that Jewish Zionism was influenced by--and cannot be understood in isolation from--Christian culture generally and Christian Zionist culture specifically. Shedding light on the deep and interrelated roots of Christian-Jewish relations, fraught with tension and ambivalence, he finds that Christian support for the Jewish Zionist cause has been essential to the success of the movement.

Christian Zionism has a long history and has been embraced at various times by Catholics and Protestants, liberals and conservatives, reformers and traditionalists. Zeal for Zion places this vital movement within the larger history of Zionism, making the story of Zionism all the more rich and complex.

Shalom Goldman is professor of religion and Middle Eastern studies at Duke University. He is author or editor of four books, including God''s Sacred Tongue: Hebrew and the American Imagination (UNC Press).
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Title:Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised LandFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inPublished:December 1, 2014Publisher:The University Of North Carolina PressLanguage:English

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The standard histories of Zionism have depicted it almost exclusively as a Jewish political movement, one in which Christians do not appear except as antagonists. In the highly original Zeal for Zion, Shalom Goldman makes the case for a wider and more inclusive history, one that brings the substantial Christian involvement with Zionism--most recently by American evangelical Protestants--into the light.Goldman offers a fresh perspective on the history of Zionism, deftly weaving together the stories of poets and diplomats, Christian scholars and Jewish leaders, the Vatican and the State of Israel, and modern literary masters such as Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Graves, and Vladimir Nabokov. Goldman argues that Jewish Zionism was influenced by--and cannot be understood in isolation from--Christian culture generally and Christian Zionist culture specifically. Shedding light on the deep and interrelated roots of Christian-Jewish relations, fraught with tension and ambivalence, he finds that Christian support for the Jewish Zionist cause has been essential to the success of the movement. Christian Zionism has a long history and has been embraced at various times by Catholics and Protestants, liberals and conservatives, reformers and traditionalists. Zeal for Zion places this vital movement within the larger history of Zionism, making the story of Zionism all the more rich and complex.Zeal for Zion is a highly important study of the role of Christians in the rise of the modern Zionist movement. The book unearths overlooked yet fascinating episodes of Christian-Jewish encounters. Shalom Goldman skillfully shows how Christians inspired and supported Jews in their attempts to build a Jewish commonwealth in Palestine. This groundbreaking research should be read by every student of the modern Middle East as well as by anyone interested in the history of Christian-Jewish relations.--Yaakov Ariel, author of Evangelizing the Chosen People: Missions to the Jews in America, 1880-2000