A Short History of Christian Zionism - From the Reformation to the Twenty-First Century

A Short History of Christian Zionism - From the Reformation to the Twenty-First Century

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This book is about an idea-namely, that Scripture mandates a Jewish return to the historical region of Palestine-which in turn morphed into a political movement, rallied around a popular slogan ("A country without a nation for a nation without a country"), and eventually contributed to the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Christian Zionism continues to influence global politics, especially U.S. foreign policy, and has deeply affected Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian relations.
Donald M. Lewis seeks to provide a fair-minded, longitudinal study of this dynamic yet controversial movement as he traces its lineage from biblical sources through the Reformation to various movements of today. He explores Christian Zionism's interaction with other movements, forces, and discourses, especially in eschatological and political thought, and why it is now flourishing beyond the English-speaking world. Throughout he demonstrates how it has helped British and American Protestants frame and shape their identity.
A Short History of Christian Zionism seeks to bring clarity and context to often-heated discussions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 26mm | 540g
  • IL, United States
  • English
  • 0830846972
  • 9780830846979
  • 599,218

Table of contents



1. From the Early Church to the Reformation

2. Geneva and the Jews: Tectonic Shifts in the Landscape of Jewish-Christian Relations

3. English Puritanism and the Jews

4. The German Pietists and the Jews: Philo-Semitism and the New Evangelistic Imperative

5. Restorationism in America: From the Early American Puritans to the American Revolution

6. The Jews and Nineteenth-Century British Evangelicalism: Restorationism Morphs into Christian Zionism

7. Preparing the Ground for the Balfour Declaration

8. Restorationism and Christian Zionism in America from the Revolution to 1914

9. The Balfour Declaration of 1917

10. American Christian Zionism from 1914 to 1948: World War I and the Vindication of Premillennialism

11. Christian Zionism and Developments in Palestine: From the Balfour Declaration to Israeli Independence

12. American Christian Zionism Since 1948

13. American Christian Zionist Activities and Organizations

14. Christian Zionism in Renewalist and Global Movements

15. Christian Zionism Today: A "New" Christian Zionism

General Index

Scripture Index
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"Donald M. Lewis has done a heroic work in exploring the history of Christian Zionism from its inception in the Reformation era until our times. The book is, to date, the most comprehensive and thorough study of the topic and offers an excellent overview of a highly important religious and political movement. The book is a must-read for anyone taking interest in Christian messianic beliefs and their impact on mission, diplomacy, and interfaith relations."

Yaakov Ariel, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Christian Zionism is the conviction that the Jewish people have a biblically sanctioned claim to a homeland in Palestine. Donald M. Lewis traces the convoluted history of this belief, pointing out its antecedents in post-Reformation thought, its development by nineteenth-century evangelicals with Lord Shaftesbury at their head, and its subsequent flowering in modified dispensationalist teaching. Lewis insists that while Christian Zionism has become a powerful bulwark of the state of Israel, its theological basis is still shifting under the influence of global charismatic renewal. He is a fair-minded and sure-footed guide through the intricacies of prophetic belief and international politics."

David Bebbington, emeritus professor of history, University of Stirling
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About Donald M. Lewis

Donald M. Lewis (DPhil, Oxford) is professor of church history at Regent College, Vancouver, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His eleven books include the two-volume Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860, which he edited, and The Origins of Christian Zionism (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
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