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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Charisma House; annotated edition edition (April 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591859069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591859062
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This well-reasoned and thoughtfully presented book will appeal to readers inside and outside the Christian market.

—Christine D. Johnson -- Christian Retailing, April 17, 2006

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The phenomenon of evangelical Christian support for Israel has garnered increasing media attention in recent years. Yet almost all of this coverage has been shallow and skeptical. Few have bothered to go beyond recycling the conventional wisdom. David Brog went behind the headlines to find the truth about Christian Zionism. By spending time with Christian Zionists, attending their churches and events, and reading their books and publications, Brog discovered the real motives and goals of an increasingly powerful political movement.

In the process, Brog became convinced he was tapping into something far deeper than politics. Brog, a Jew, came to believe that he was witnessing the birth pangs of a Christian/Jewish reconciliation that has been over two millennia in the making. In this important book, David Brog stands the conventional wisdom about Christians and Jews on its head. In so doing, he helps to further the very reconciliation he seeks to chronicle. This book is required reading for anyone who cares about the future of Christian/Jewish relations and the State of Israel.


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Brog's book is so thorough, fair, easy to decipher and well-presented.
NA Miles
David Brog's book has convinced me that Christians who support Israel are true and much needed friends of Israel.
SAS
I wound up reading the entire manuscript in one sitting, savoring language I had expected to skim.
Charles T. Robbins

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Charles T. Robbins on December 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Unlike most or perhaps all other readers, I was predisposed to dislike David Brog's work when I picked it up. David, a friend and former colleague, had asked me to look at a draft of a non-fiction manuscript he had been slaving over. I knew David was a brainy guy (Princeton, Harvard Law School, lawyer at a major national firm here and at one in Israel, and chief of staff for a Senator), and I knew he was passionate about his subject. But the aspiring/frustrated writer in me said it's not so easy to translate that into powerful prose. I figured I'd read his first few pages, skim the rest and give him an honest but kind assessment.

I was stunned from his opening paragraph. The work was gripping -- enlightening, inspiring, and written in compelling, captivating, fast-faced prose that tapped historical touchstones and drew on savvy, nuanced observation and analysis to make connections between seemingly disparate elements to present a powerful mosaic and thesis. I wound up reading the entire manuscript in one sitting, savoring language I had expected to skim. I learned key points about a vital, pressing topic and corrected some of my own misconceptions.

Standing with Israel is a great read and an important work -- from an astute, insightful and gifted author.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By SAS on May 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Standing with Israel is one of those rare books that actually changes how you think. It's not loud. It doesn't shout at you. But it actually persuades you through well-reasoned arguments. I was always supicious of Christian support for Israel and thought that they had an ulterior motive for reachng out to Jews. But I don't believe that any more. David Brog's book has convinced me that Christians who support Israel are true and much needed friends of Israel.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on July 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Standing With Israel is an eloquent plea for reconciliation between Jews and Christians, based upon mutual values and a shared history of Zionism. In the introduction, the author makes a link between the righteous gentiles of the past and mainstream evangelical Christians who today support Israel. There are many instances of secular people and Christians that sheltered Jews during the Holocaust. And since the rebirth of Israel, the country has gained good friends amongst influential Christian leaders like Gary Bauer, John Hagee, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.

The book chronicles the development of Christian theology and how it influenced attitudes towards Jews down the ages. Replacement Theology, the destructive idea that the Church replaced the Jews, is an ancient thread running from certain Gospel verses through the writings of church fathers like John Chrysostom, Justin Martyr and St Augustine. But another strain of Christianity with its roots in the Puritans found eloquent expression in the Plymouth Brethren founded in 1827 and ultimately became the dominant form of the religion in the USA in the 20th century.

There were always Christians who provided vital assistance to the Zionist project. Early Christian Zionism in fact predates Jewish Zionism. Theodor Herzl had a great ally in the Englishman William Hechler. In America, there was William Blackstone who worked tirelessly for the cause. Three well-known Christians had a direct hand in the rebirth of Israel: Arthur Balfour, Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman. Recently, Jews and Christians have joined hands in organizations like the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Christine on May 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Brog goes to bat for evangelicals who demonstrate their support for the Jewish nation in Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State, but what makes this volume unusual for the Christian market is that the author is Jewish--and not Messianic. Having worked for a number of years for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the author brings an interesting political and historical perspective to the subject at hand.

Brog's extensive research into the roots of anti-Semitism, the development of Christian Zionism and the decline of replacement theology--which sees the church as having taken the place of the Jews as God's chosen people--began with his own desire to learn whether Christian Zionists are, in fact, true friends of the Jews or enemies in disguise. He concludes with the assertion that evangelicals who support Israel are "nothing less than the theological heirs of the righteous Gentiles who sought to save Jews from the Holocaust."

Christians who support Israel will appreciate being seen for who they are by a Jewish author. This well-reasoned and thoughtfully presented book will appeal to readers inside and outside the Christian market.

--Christine D. Johnson
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
For those interested in knowing the origins of Christian antisemitism, as well as the modern-day cure to this age-old disease, this book is an excellent tutor. As other reviewers have stated here, the discussion herein is quite calm and collected. It is filled with fact and history, and contains no hyperbole or exaggeration whatsoever.

It's too bad that the supposed saint Obama evidently never read this book --- not (apparently) recommended it to his "uncle" Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

For whereas Wright's Christianity is entirely race-based, Afrocentric, and highly antisemitic, this volume explains that true Christianity went far astray in rejecting the teachings of the Apostle Paul, who declared "has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I am also an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew." (Romans 11:1-2)

Furthermore, Paul asked whether the Jewish people had "stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not!... Concerning the gospel [the Jews] are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." (Romans 11:11, 28-29)

Alas, the book explains that about 100 years after Paul's Epistle to the Romans, the church abandoned his "struggle to preserve a special status for the Jews in favor of a clear and clean replacement theology." That is, while the church retained souls to plea for the inherent holiness of the Jewish people, by virtue of God's recognition and gifts to them, Justin Martyr (who died at the hands of the Romans), claimed the mantle of Israel for the church itself, naming Christianity as a "replacement" for the Jewish people, or "all Israel.
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