Biblical Interpretation and Middle East Policy: The Promised by Irvine H. Anderson

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 humans to the "promised land"--offers a big viewpoint on British and American overseas coverage towards Israel. He asserts that tales approximately provides of land to the Hebrew humans and the "Second Coming of Christ" have made it more straightforward for Zionist and pro-Israel lobbies to be potent in either countries.

            beginning with research of Armageddon theology and the Biblical passages on which those principles were established, Anderson exhibits how they've been disseminated all through pop culture from the nineteenth century onward, via Sunday tuition educating, novels, and television evangelism. He then examines the origins of the Balfour statement, the travails of the British Mandate within the Thirties, and Truman's selection to hurriedly realize the newly proclaimed nation of Israel--emphasizing the president's Baptist heritage and intimate wisdom of the Bible. Anderson additionally discusses the idea that constructed after global warfare II that Israel was once a strategic best friend in a deadly a part of the area and he indicates that on the time no actual countervailing strength existed. one of the citizens in either nice Britain and the USA, there has been little common wisdom of Islam, Arabs, or the center East and restricted figuring out of the significance of fit kinfolk with pleasant oil-producing states.

            including new info to our realizing of pro-Israel companies, Anderson illustrates the linkages that built within the final a part of the 20 th century among pro-Israel lobbies and the non secular correct. whereas acknowledging that this alliance isn't the merely cause that the yankee govt helps the go back of Jews to Palestine, he exhibits that the impact of conservative teachings and ideology on coverage is and has been profound.

            This debatable booklet offers a finished and persuasive dialogue of the influence of Christian Zionism within the twentieth century. it is crucial to historians, sociologists, political scientists, and others drawn to the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

 

 

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Alternating between Old and New Testaments semi-annually or quarterly . . 16 The London Sunday School Union was consulted from 1874 onward and was listed as a corresponding member of the committee shortly thereafter. 17 The launching of this system coincided almost exactly with the discontinuation of secular subjects to focus exclusively on the Bible and religious subjects in England after Parliament passed the Education Act of 1870. Commencing in 1871, the British National Sunday School Union (later the National Christian Education Council) instituted annual scripture examinations, initially for teachers and later opened up to scholars of all kinds and ages.

66 Blackstone was a confirmed dispensational premillennialist who considered it his Christian duty to advocate the conversion and return of the Jews to their homeland in anticipation of the Second Coming. He was one of the founders in 1889 of the Bible House in Chicago, whose name was changed to the Moody Bible Institute in 1901 after the death of Dwight L. Moody. Blackstone was also active in the founding of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Perhaps his best known effort was publication in 1878 of a treatise entitled Jesus Is Coming, primarily to persuade people of the imminent coming of Christ.

20 During the latter part of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century, the Sunday School Union published a weekly Sunday School Chronicle with both a “morning” and an “afternoon” lesson. 21 The “morning” lesson was prepared by educators in England for children who only attended on Sunday morning. In general the Old Testament stories were used to teach a moral lesson, but in the case of Abraham and Joshua they also clearly identified Palestine as the ancestral home of the Jews. ”24 The Church of England covered many of the same subjects but in shorter form to make room for material regarding beliefs of the church itself.

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