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Allies for Armageddon : the rise of Christian Zionism /
Victoria Clark.
imprint
New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2007.
description
x, 331 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780300116984 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2007.
isbn
9780300116984 (alk. paper)
contents note
One book of the whole Bible -- This new English Israel -- The English madness -- The Americanising effect -- A great idea -- The wrong kind of Jew -- Apocalypse loud -- A disciplined, charging army -- Watchmen for Israel -- Two shining cities on a hill -- Talking Texan.
catalogue key
6251208
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [290]-321) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-09-01:
British journalist Clark provides an insightful and readable book on Christian Zionism. Although she covers territory already charted by Robert Clouse (The New Millennium Manual, 1999), Timothy Weber (On the Road to Armageddon, CH, Feb'05, 42-3374), and Stephen Sizer (Christian Zionism, 2004), she adds freshness to the story through her travels and interviews with the principals. Christian Zionists base their program on the prooftext of God's promise to Abraham: "I will bless them who bless you and curse them who curse you." (Gen. 12:3) Israeli leaders welcome their support while rejecting the end-times theology accompanying it--the Jews return to the land in unbelief, their enemies try to destroy them at Armageddon, Jesus returns to smite their foes, and they recognize him as their Messiah. Clark traces the role of the Jews in Christian millennialism from the 17th century to the present, deals with historical figures and current leaders, and shows how Christians portrayed Jews as a "nation" in its biblical and modern sense to justify re-establishing a homeland in Palestine. Evangelical Christian Zionists wield enormous influence in the US, where they create a serious foreign policy problem through an unconditional commitment to a greater Israel where the Palestinians will have no place. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. R. V. Pierard emeritus, Indiana State University
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"An insightful and readable book on Christian Zionism. . . . [Clark] adds freshness to the story through her travels and interviews with the principals. . . . Recommended." Choice
"An insightful and readable book on Christian Zionism. . . . [Clark] adds freshness to the story through her travels and interviews with the principals. . . . Recommended."�Choice
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Clark explores the 400 year history of this powerful political ideology from its beginnings among the Puritans of 17th century England to the present-day United States, where Christian Zionists wield unprecedented influence.
Long Description
Guided by a literal reading of the prophetic sections of the Bible, Christian Zionists are convinced that the world is hurtling toward a final Battle of Armageddon. They believe that war in the Middle East is God's will for the region. In this timely book, Victoria Clark first explores the 400-year history of this powerful political ideology, laying to rest the idea that Christian Zionism is a passing craze or the province of a lunatic fringe. Then Clark surveys the contemporary Christian Zionist scene in Israel and in the United States, where the influence of the religious fundamentalists has never been greater. Clark engages with Christian Zionism directly, interviewing leaders, attending events, and traveling with Christian Zionists in the Holy Land. She also investigates the Christian Zionist presence in Israel. She finds that the view through the Christian Zionist lens is dangerously simple: President Bush's War on Terror is a mythic battle between good and evil, and Syria and Iran represent the powers of darkness. Such views are far from rare--an estimated fifteen to twenty million Americans share them. Almost one in three Americans believes Israel was given to the Jews by God as a prelude to the Battle of Armageddon and Jesus' Second Coming. Clark concludes with an assessment of Christian Zionists' impact on American foreign policy in the Middle East and on America's relationships with European allies since the attacks of 9/11.
Main Description
Guided by a literal reading of the prophetic sections of the Bible, Christian Zionists are convinced that the world is hurtling toward a final Battle of Armageddon. They believe that war in the Middle East is God's will for the region. In this timely book, Victoria Clark first explores the 400-year history of this powerful political ideology, laying to rest the idea that Christian Zionism is a passing craze or the province of a lunatic fringe. Then Clark surveys the contemporary Christian Zionist scene in Israel and in the United States, where the influence of the religious fundamentalists has never been greater. Clark engages with Christian Zionism directly, interviewing leaders, attending events, and traveling with Christian Zionists in the Holy Land. She also investigates the Christian Zionist presence in Israel. She finds that the view through the Christian Zionist lens is dangerously simple: President Bush's War on Terror is a mythic battle between good and evil, and Syria and Iran represent the powers of darkness. Such views are far from rarean estimated fifteen to twenty million Americans share them. Almost one in three Americans believes Israel was given to the Jews by God as a prelude to the Battle of Armageddon and Jesus' Second Coming. Clark concludes with an assessment of Christian Zionists' impact on American foreign policy in the Middle East and on America's relationships with European allies since the attacks of 9/11.

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