Challenging Christian Zionism, Biblical Justice, Palestine, West bank, Zionist, Zionism, Israel

 Books and DVDs on Christian Zionism.............



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Biblical Interpretation And Middle East Policy: The Promised Land, America, And Israel, 1917-2002
Anderson, Irvine H. Book
Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation
Ateek, Naim Stifan Book
When Time Shall be No More: Prophesy Belief in Modern American Culture
Boyer, Paul Book
Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestians
Burge, Gary Book
Blood Brothers
Chacour, Elias Book
We Belong to the Land: A Story of a Palestinian Israeli Who Lives for Peace and Reconciliation
Chacour, Elias and Jensen, Mary E Book
Whose Promised Land
Chapman, Colin Book
Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism
Clark, Victoria Book
Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind
Currie, David B Book
Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism
Clark, Victoria Book
America's Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood
Davidson, Lawrence Book
Left Behind?: The Facts Behind the Fiction
Flesher, LeAnn Snow Book
Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism
Goldbert, Michelle Book
American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism
Kidd, Thomas S Book
Christians and a Land Called Holy: How We Can Foster Justice, Peace and Hope
Lutz, Charles P., and Smith, Robert O Book
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
Mearsheimer, John J., and Walt, Stephen M. Book
Coming of God: Christian Eschatology
Moltmann, Jurgen Book
Israel, the Bible, and the Future: Premillennialism and Christian Zionism in American Culture and the Church
North Park Univ Conf, 4/05 DVD
I Am a Palestinian Christian
Raheb, Mitri Book
The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation
Rossing, Barbara R
Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon?
Sizer, Steven Book
Christian Zionists
Sizer, Steven DVD
Zion's Christian Soldiers
Sizer, Steven Book
Anxious for Armageddon: A Call to Partnership for Middle Easern and Western Christians
Wagner, Donald E Book
On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend
Weber, Timothy Book
Witnessing For Peace: In Jerusalem and the World
Younan, Munib A. Book

Biblical Interpretation And Middle East Policy: The Promised Land, America, And Israel, 1917-2002

by Irvine H Anderson

Irvine Anderson's provocative argument--that fundamentalist interpretations of the Christian Bible have helped create a cultural predisposition that favors returning the Jewish people to the "promised land"--offers an important perspective on British and American foreign policy toward Israel. He asserts that stories about promises of land to the Hebrew people and the "Second Coming of Christ" have made it easier for Zionist and pro-Israel lobbies to be effective in both countries.

Starting with analysis of Armageddon theology and the Biblical passages on which these ideas have been based, Anderson shows how they have been disseminated throughout popular culture from the 19th century onward, through Sunday School teaching, novels, and TV evangelism. He then examines the origins of the Balfour Declaration, the travails of the British Mandate in the 1930s, and Truman's decision to hurriedly recognize the newly proclaimed State of Israel--emphasizing the president's Baptist background and intimate knowledge of the Bible. Anderson also discusses the assumption that developed after World War II that Israel was a strategic ally in a dangerous part of the world and he shows that at the time no real countervailing force existed. Among the electorate in both Great Britain and the United States, there was little general knowledge of Islam, Arabs, or the Middle East and limited understanding of the importance of healthy relations with friendly oil-producing states.

Adding new information to our understanding of pro-Israel organizations, Anderson illustrates the linkages that developed in the last part of the 20th century between pro-Israel lobbies and the religious right. While acknowledging that this alliance is not the only reason that the American government supports the return of Jews to Palestine, he shows that the influence of conservative teachings and beliefs on policy is and has been profound.

This controversial book presents a comprehensive and persuasive discussion of the impact of Christian Zionism in the 20th century. It will be important to historians, sociologists, political scientists, and others interested in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation

by Naim Stifan Ateek and Rosemary Radford Ruether

Review by joshua (see more about me)
from London, ON Canada

Atik is both gentle and forceful. his arguments and old testament understanding are *very* biblically and historically grounded. as a christian who has spent a lot of time studying the bible, i find that atik has done an amazing job laying out the groundwork for a very revolutionary liberation theology.
theologically, Ateek *is not* a premillenialist in his interpretation in hermeneutics (and eschatology, as other essays he's written have shown) so, if one is a premillenialist (which is a very faulty, in my opinion, theological standpoint since it depends on a eurocentric understanding of scripture which was created at the turn of the 20th century and originally dismissed as "heresy")one will not take to kindly to atik's book.

Ideologically, the zionist "christian" will confuse atik's understanding of christ as a palestinian. as biblical anthropologists have pointed out, the idea of "jew" as a race did not exist during christ's time. there was only the jewish religion and the national boundaries of Palestine where this religious culture dominated at the time. the racial ideas of "palestinian" and "jew" did not emerge until much later and were only galvanized as a binary in 1948. atik is referring to this historical fact.
the words are wise and compelling. atik has done a lot of research and has grounded everything with a profound understanding of the bible.

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When Time Shall be No More: Prophesy Belief in Modern American Culture

by Paul Boyer

Review by Curt vandenHeuvel (Jacksonville, FL USA) -

The cover of Boyer's book contains a powerful scene. A group of well-dressed people are standing in a field, gazing up at a dark and brooding, but otherwise completely empty sky. As a former fundamentalist Christian, this scene is particularly emotive, as I well understand the sense of hope mingled with foreboding that the premillenial worldview brings.

It is probably difficult for an outsider to understand how this peculiar view of the world can colour a person's entire life. I was constantly aware that at any moment I could be raptured out of the world. I scoured the headlines for a clue as to the identity of the Antichrist, and the latest movements of Gog and Magog. I was convinced that all signs pointed to the end of the world within my lifetime.

Boyer's book is an excellent overview of this type of thinking. Such puzzling terms as the Rapture, Armageddon, the Beast, 666, and the One-World Government are examined in detail. What is particularly good about this book is that it is never judgemental or pedantic. Boyer never explicitly discusses why the fundamentalist, premillenial view of the world is wrong. Instead, he shows in detail how the belief arose in the early second century, and evolved through the ages. Through each step, Boyer shows how ardent Bible students firmly believed that they were living in the last times, and how each interpreted the apocalyptic books of the Bible to fit their own situations. Such an historical overview is a far more eloquent argument against premillenialism than any exegesis of the scriptures could be.

I found this a very fascinating book. It is indispensable for the recovering fundamentalist, if only to put their beliefs into an historical context, and so make some sense of them.

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Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians

by Gary Burge

5 out of 5 stars

Well Written and Reasoned, November 10, 2003

Reviewer: cterler2 from Vienna, Virginia United States - "Whose Land? Whose Promise?" should be required reading for anyone who wants to know what is really going on in Israel/Palestine. With clear, well-written prose that makes this book a pleasure to read, Gary Burge tackles the thorny problem of Jewish/Palestinian relations from a strong, well-reasoned biblical perspective. Read it with an open mind and an open heart, and you'll have a much deeper understanding of the historic, spiritual, and political background of this tempestuous corner of the world.

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Blood Brothers

by Elias Chacour

Book Description: child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. The townspeople were proud of their ancient Christian heritage and lived at peace with their Jewish neighbors. But early in 1947, their idyllic lifestyle was swept away as tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps. An exile in his native land, Elias began a years-long struggle with his love for the Jewish people and the world's misunderstanding of his own people, the Palestinians. How was he to respond? He found his answer in the simple, haunting words of the Man of Galilee: "Blessed are the peacemakers." In Blood Brothers, Chacour blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the birth of modern Israel. He touches on controversial questions such as "What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East?", "What does Bible prophecy really have to say?", and "Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled?" Originally published by Chosen Books in 1984 and now expanded with a new introduction by the author, a new foreword by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and a "Since Then" epilogue by writer David Hazard, this compelling book offers readers hope-filled insight into living at peace in the most volatile region of the world

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We Belong to the Land: The Story of a Palestinian Israeli Who Lives for Peace and Reconciliation

by Elias Chacour and Mary E. Jensen

Reviewer: dianajh60 (see more about me) from Panama City, FL United States

If all people thought and lived like Abuna Chacour war would not exsist. A true follower of Jesus Christ, Abuna truly walks the walk and talks the talk. How can anyone Not read these books and how can anyone having read them not believed every word as gospel? American Christians especially supporters of Zionism need to wake up and realize what they are really supporting. How silly to think that we can hurry the return of Christ by blindly supporting Isreal (the Zionist and their supporters) and their ungodly actions. REALLY humans hurrying the RETURN of Christ? How silly. One must also know that not all Jews in the Middle East support Zionism. One question that needs to be asked is where have all the Christians gone that once lived in the land where Christ walked? People do your research. Are we not told to question/test all things?

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Whose Promised Land.

by Colin Chapman

5 out of 5 stars, November 13, 2002

Reviewer: A reader from McGregor, TX USA

Colin Chapman does an excellent job of summarizing the history of Palestine and the biblical texts related to the promise of the Land. His answers to these questions are not the standard dispensationalist line and will make many who live and breathe dispensationalism very uncomfortable. His history is thoroughly documented as is his biblical exposition. He devotes a minimal amount of time to editorializing, choosing instead to let the major players through history (Scripture, Lord Balfour, Theodor Herzel, Chiam Wietzmann, Yassar Arafat, David Ben-Gurion and a host of others) speak for themselves. The inevitable conclusions drawn are both historical and thoroughly biblical. Because this book is more of a survey it is short particularly on theological detail, so there is no textual analysis or in-depth discussion of differences in translation (for example). The book is particularly helpful for understanding the history of the region and for its appendices which include a primer on expositing biblical prophecy as well as a summary of the Covenant of Hamas.

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Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism.

by Victoria Clark

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.

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Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind

by David B Currie

Reviewer: M. A. Ramos (Florida USA)

This is a very well researched and documented book. This has obviously taken years of work. This is a very well defended dissertation on how the Rapture has not one bit of Scriptural defense for it. And the Bible in original Greek supports Currie as well.

Currie does a great job at showing the truth. He does not try to hide the other sides view. He shows us what the so-called false defense of the Rapture and then what is actually in the Bible. He actually shares the definition of the words from the original Greek, which I doubled check, and he was correct, they support his position. Not only does the Bible and the Original Greek support his position, so do all of the books written in the first centaury or earlier. Including two non-Christian historians, Josephus's and Tacticus. This is a must read book. Read it and do your homework before you write a review.

It is amazing how many cults/religions have believed in the Rapture theory and have actually calculated out dates. And they have all failed with the exception of a couple, who actually get away with rolling end time dates. What I find incredible is that their followers still believe this theory after numerous proof of its error. But I checked those allegations and they were true as well. This is an excellent book covers all relevant text, Daniel, Olivet Discourse, and the Epistles through Revelation. And does not add any extra words not found in the original Greek as some of the negative reviews have. Or they take a couple of quotes out of context without understanding how to read Scripture, as most novices do. You will find that most brilliant apologetics of the Rapture theory that were educated in their own universities have reversed their decisions. You will also find that almost no one uses the Rapture as their thesis topic even in schools that teach about the Rapture....Have you wondered why? Read it and make up your own mind.

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America's Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood

by Lawrence Davidson

"A first-class job of primary archival and media research on the origins of American involvement in Palestine, an area of major interest and importance to Zionists, Palestinians, and the United States."--Michael W. Suleiman, Kansas State University

"Davidson develops an important thesis concerning the impact of perceptions on foreign policy, with reference to U.S. policy toward Palestine. . . . [His] emphasis on the pre-state period makes his study unique."--Ann M. Lesch, Villanova University

In a revisionist look at the history of U.S. relations with Palestine, Lawrence Davidson offers a critical study of the evolution of American popular and governmental perceptions of Zionism and Palestine, from the Balfour Declaration of 1917 to the founding of Israel in 1948.

Zionism, which sought to transform Palestine into a Jewish state, emphasized the biblical and religious connections of the West to Palestine. Davidson argues that this orientation predisposed the American people to see Zionism as a form of "altruistic" imperialism that would bring civilization to a backward part of the world. However, American Zionists met resistance from the State Department, particularly the Division of Near Eastern Affairs, whose neutral stance until 1945 was shaped by a fear of foreign entanglements. Exploring rising tensions on both sides, Davidson describes how the American Zionists overcame this resistance and outmaneuvered the State Department by using lobbying techniques and appeals to popular sentiment.

Showing how a powerful and determined interest group turned the U.S. political system to its advantage and shaped foreign policy, America's Palestine is an important study of one of the 20th century's most controversial international stories.

Lawrence Davidson, professor of history at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, is the author of Islamic Fundamentalism and of numerous articles on U.S. attitudes toward and relations with the Middle East.

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Left Behind?: The Facts Behind the Fiction
by LeAnn Snow Flesher

In the last few years, books in the Left Behind fiction series, co-authored by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, have taken Christian publishing by storm. Although the books are fictional, they are based on—and promote—a particular understanding of end times events that flow from the authors' theological context and approach to biblical interpretation. Here, Flesher describes and challenges the theological framework, interpretative practices, socio-political ideologies, and the end times scenario that, while prominent in the Left Behind series, are not shared by most biblical scholars.

Flesher outlines how to read the Bible and exposes the use and abuse of Scripture to support the peculiar doctrines of “Rapture” and “Tribulation.” Demonstrating how theological preconceptions guide the use of Bible texts, she explodes the myth of “literal interpretation” and highlights the importance of understanding history, context and literary genre. Flesher continues with a presentation of alternative readings of Daniel, Revelation, and other key Scriptures. Celebrating these texts as “resistance literature,” designed to help Christians keep the faith in a hostile world, Flesher offers practical guidelines for appropriating their message in a post modern world.

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Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism.

by Michelle Goldberg

Michelle says of her work on the book: "I began the book that would become "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism," shortly before the 2004 election. It was born out of my sense that large swaths of right-wing America were living in what seemed like an all-encompassing alternate reality, and that that reality was slowly, subtlety but inexorably crowding out truth and empirical fact in our national life. As a reporter for Salon, I'd written about the way religious fundamentalists who reject the very notion of secular science were given authority over things like international population policy and domestic sex education. I'd looked into the prevalent end-times beliefs that undergird Christian Zionism and lead some American evangelicals to support the most irredentist Israeli settlers. At conservative conferences where Republican leaders gathered, I would hear the most paranoid John Birch-style conspiracy theories passed off as conventional wisdom."

For a discussion of the book, go to the TPMCafe Book Club Site

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American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism.

by Thomas S Kidd

"Before Thomas Kidd's magisterial work, American Christians and Islam, no scholar had traced the long and convoluted history of Muslim-Christian exchange in the American experience from colonial beginnings to the present. Kidd brings a deep understanding of both traditions to his analysis and brilliantly demonstrates how so many contemporary American denunciations of Islam--especially evangelical denunciations--have a rich history that goes all the way back to the Age of Exploration and the first English settlements."--Harry S. Stout, Yale University

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Christians and a Land Called Holy: How We Can Foster Justice, Peace and Hope

by Charles P. Lutz and Robert O. Smith

Fair-minded and sympathetic to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian concerns, Lutz and Smith provide a clear account of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and a compelling plea for Christian involvement in the area. Carefully sorting out the tangled historical and religious roots of the problems, they reveal the strong forces at work in the conflict and lay out the driving biblical notions of election and covenant, the historical causes of the bitter and divisive clashes of the last 50 years, the complex demographic and political issues today, how Palestinians (particularly Christians) have been affected by the turmoil, and how, finally, Christians must engage the future of justice and peace. Includes maps and twelve black and white photos.

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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

This is a courageous book. The charge of anti-Semitism, even when clearly politicized, is one that undoubtedly will cause them personal pain. Nonetheless, they have proceeded, presumably because they are convinced Americans are increasingly seeing through such false allegations and because the stakes of American missteps in the Middle East -- Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Lebanon -- are enormous. [review by Michael F. Brown]

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Coming of God: Christian Eschatology

by Jurgen Moltmann

This book by Prof. Moltmann is timely as it is important. Prof. Moltmann was one of the major theological voices that rescued the eschatological perpspective of the Scriptures. As a consequence the renewed sense of hope for the individual and the world despite the terrors and tragedies of history has found expression in political and liberation theologies. This work by Moltamnn serves as a superb recapitualtion of the themes he has worked out in his theological enterprise beginning with, A Theology of Hope. He has kept alive the Pauline vision of universal cosmic transfiguration so that nothing for the good is wasted in this world despite its incompletness. This is a work that reminds Christians that we are still on the way working with the Lord and others in the transforming mission of the Lord prefigured in the resurrection and completed in the Parousia. Such a theology reminds us not to despair, God is here and is Coming! [Review by Robert M Pallotti, Rev. Dr.

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Israel, the Bible, and the Future

Premillennialism and Christian Zionism in American Culture and the Church
North Park University, Chicago, April 2005

Available as four DVDs that cover the entire conference. Send $25 (checks or cash only)to:
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
att. Kate Cerneglia
North Park University, Box 52
3225 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL. 60625.

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I Am a Palestinian Christian

by Mitri Raheb

A must read perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict. January 28, 1999

Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer

Upon reading I Am a Palestinian Christian by Mitri Raheb, I was enlightened to the presence and effective role of Christians in Bethlehem. Dr. Raheb addresses the plight of the Palestinians in light of the Palestinian Christian perspective, to the redress of the nation of Israel. His is not to attack Israel, but to examine the role of ancient Israel in the Bible as it relates to the policies and procedures of present day Israel. Dr. Raheb consistently argues for justice and righteous treatment of all God's people, Jew, Muslim, Christian, or otherwise and especially any who are/have been oppressed and treated unjustly. This is a must read for those interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinian Christian voice is not often recognized outside Israel/Palestine, and therefore easily misunderstood. Read carefully and research other items, like The Forgotten Faithful by Said K. Aburish and The Arab Christian: A History in the Middle East by Kenneth Cragg, for more information.

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The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

by Barbara R. Rossing

Book Description: An accomplished scholar and ordained minister boldly debunks the Left Behind series and makes the case for reclaiming Christianity from the destructive "rapture" interpretation of the Book of Revelation.

The idea of "The Rapture"--the return of Christ to snatch born-again Christians off the earth--is an extremely popular interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Bible and a jumping-off point for the best-selling Left Behind series of books. However, most Christian churches and biblical scholars condemn rapture theology as a distortion of Christian faith with little biblical basis. Yet this interpretation, based on a psychology of fear and destruction, guides the daily acts of thousands if not millions of North Americans and people worldwide.

Professor of theology and ordained minister Barbara Rossing argues that the Left Behind novels' script for the world's future distorts the Bible, is disingenuous, and flat out wrong. There is neither "rapture" of Christians off the earth, nor does Revelation predict that a seven-year tribulation culminating in war in Israel and the Middle East. Rather, Rossing argues, Revelation offers a vision of God's healing love for the world - a love that will not be left behind. The Rapture Exposed makes the case for reclaiming Christianity from fundamentalists' destructive reading of the biblical story and back into God's beloved community.

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Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon?

by Steven Sizer

"Stephen Sizer's work on Christian Zionism is the most important and comprehensive on the subject to date, and should be read by all students of the Middle East and by Christians concerned about a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals. The impact of this terribly misguided movement is increasingly putting Christians in the Middle East at risk, and it seems a far cry from the witness and message of Jesus Christ." - Professor Don Wagner, North Park University, Chicago.

"Well, that was absolutely fantastic! A thousand thanks for two of the best hours that I have had at Oak Hill and that the students will have throughout CD 6.12.," - Revd Dr David Field, Oak Hill Theological College, London.

"This is a masterly and highly readable analysis of the history, the world-view and the political implications of Christian Zionism. Sizer has thrown down the gauntlet in a way that demands a response from those who support the state of Israel for theological reasons," - Colin Chapman, visiting lecturer, Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon.

"Once again a Semitic group of people are suffering, particularly through the racism of Christians - this time it¹s the Palestinians. Stephen Sizer's masterly overview on Christian Zionism shows us how this appalling fact becomes a reality. Hopefully it will help Christians to expunge all racism and anti-Semitism (whether against Palestinian or Jew) from our theology and become the peacemakers Jesus called us to be. As Stephen traces the history of Christian Zionism, our eyes are opened to a theology that manipulates and oppresses and shows no dignity or justice to Jew or Palestinian. It is time for a theology that values all equally instead of a theology that sees God as biased." -Garth Hewitt, Founder of the Amos Trust, international singer and songwriter.

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"Christian Zionists" DVD Released

by Steven Sizer

Presence Ministries is proud to present a new 6-part DVD by Dr. Stephen Sizer entitled, "Christian Zionists-on the road to Armageddon." The DVD is being released to coincide with an international Christian conference in Jerusalem, April 14-18, that is critiquing End-Time bible prophecy with respect to its negative effect on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Dr. Sizer is giving two lectures there on misguided millennialism

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Zion's Christian Soldiers

by Steven Sizer

Many Bible-believing Christians are convinced that God blesses those nations that stand with Israel and curses those that don't. This belief has had a significant influence on attitudes towards the ongoing Palestinian–Israeli conflict in the Middle East. Claims made in books like the Scofield Reference Bible and Hal Lindsey's The Late Great Planet Earth have fed into the contemporary Christian Zionism movement, with radical implications for how we view our faith and the world in which we live.

Stephen Sizer contends that this view is based on misinterpretation of the Bible. He provides an introduction to Christian Zionism and a clear response and positive alternative based on a careful study of relevant biblical texts. His intention is to encourage dialogue on the relationship between Israel and the Christian church and offer a more constructive view of the future and our role in it.

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Anxious for Armageddon: A Call to Partnership for Middle Eastern and Western Christians

by Donald E. Wagner

5 out of 5 stars Eye-opening and well-researched, June 18, 2005

 Top 1000 ReviewerReviewer: Robert L Knetsch (see more about me) from Toronto, Ontario Canada

Don Wagner has written a captivating and fascinating account of his own transformation from a Christian who subscribes to the dispensationalist pro-Israeli stance heresy that festers within many evangelical churches today to a person who desires compassion and love for all people. This is what Christ came for - not to cause division over land, but to be the final fulfillment of all prophecy. And it is prophecy that is the very problem, says Don Wagner, and hence the reason for the title of this book. Some say that God has blessed the Israelis in their ability to dominate over Arabs with such power (e.g., the six day war). But such a view is not completely accurate if we also see how many Christians who are "anxious for Armageddon", who want to "force" their view of biblical prophecy to occur, have been great supporters of the Israeli regime. And a regime it is. Palestinians to this day live in refugee camps and exist in a virtual apartheid. The very prescient point of this book is not anti-Israeli, but an attack against pro-Rapture, dispensationalist Christians who use their skewed and incorrect view of prophecy to support the existence of Israel at all costs. This is not to say that Israel must not exist, but should it at the expense of the lives of Palestinian families?

Wagner presents these arguments with passion and love. It may be controversial, but it is hard to ignore. Read and Enjoy!

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On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend

by Timothy Weber

The alliance between conservative Christians and Jews seems bizarre, even surreal, to many people. Christians and Jews alike have noted that such a development would have been unfathomable throughout most of Christian history. Timothy Weber explores the theological roots and historical evolution of the premillennialist Christian involvement with the Jews and Israel and offers a compelling explanation of the relationship.

Few people are as qualified as he is to write on the subject. An outstanding scholar of the evangelical messianic faith, Weber was one of the first to examine the connection between evangelicals' day-to-day life and their messianic theology. In Living in the Shadow of the Second Coming he offered brilliant insights into how premillennialist Christians reconcile their messianic faith with the demands of life in the late 20th century. That book is a classic, having gone through numerous editions and made its way into the bibliographies of many students of evangelical Christianity and messianic groups. On the Road to Armageddon starts where Living in the Shadow left off."

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Witnessing For Peace: In Jerusalem and the World

by Munib A. Younan

The rapidly deteriorating situation in Israel/Palestine has dashed hopes of any imminent peace or even accommodation between the Israeli people and the Palestinian people. A leader in Palestinian Christianity, and an outspoken advocate of nonviolence and of Palestinian rights, Bishop Munib Younan directly addresses this situation and its imperatives. Born of Palestinian refugee parents and raised in Jerusalem, Younan has spent his life pastoring Palestinian Christians and searching for nonviolent solutions in this complex and volatile religious and political scene.

In this volume, Younan presents first the historical and social context of the Palestinian situation, beginning with the not-well-known story of Arab Christianity and his own background. He elaborates his own theology of nonviolence, centered in the idea of martyria—heeding a call to justice, inclusion, and forgiveness. He illustrates the notion with dramatic and often tragic episodes and shows how it can address key issues in the current struggle with Israel over statehood, land, and refugees. Younan’s model of Christian nonviolence also has demonstrable benefits in addressing terrorism, interreligious strife, and global peacemaking.

Younan’s is a voice all Christians of conscience should hear.

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