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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.
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