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Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land Hardcover – December 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0807833445 ISBN-10: 0807833444 Edition: 1st

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"Important if sometimes unsettling readings of history that could point to a reshaping of the traditional Zionist story. . . . A very useful and comprehensive review of the Protestant role in the establishment of Israel. . . . [A] necessary piece of historical housecleaning."--Jewish Review of Books

"Shalom Goldman has succeeded in dealing with [Zionism] in a remarkably fair, clear, and informative way." --Times Literary Supplement

"For those who think Christians are either far right, pro-Israel/anti-Arab Evangelicals or far left, pro-Arab/anti-Israel 'mainline' Protestants and Catholics, Shalom Goldman's Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land should come as good news."--The Jerusalem Post

"A smartly conceived and original approach to the history of Zionism. . . . Concludes with a fascinating examination of the relationships between evangelicals, the Bush presidency and Israel."--Christian Century

"The material that has been drawn on and the way in which new light has been shed on a diverse group of Christian supporters of Zionism is a most welcome and important addition to the literature."--Church History

"Engaging. . . . There is much in this book that is new and important. Zeal for Zion will undoubtedly stand as an important source of information and insight."--American Historical Review

"A useful and exciting new departure for the scholarly study of political and theological Zionism, and the complex of personal and institutional relationships between secular and religious Jews and Christians that has so often undergirded it." --Relege

"A fascinating story. . . . Highly recommended to Jewish as well as Christian readers, and especially to Israelis."--Israel Studies Review

"Compelling. . . . A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the very important subject of 'Israel in the eyes of the Gentiles.'"--American Jewish History

"A fresh look at the movement that spawned the Jewish homeland."--Jewish Book World

"All told, the value of Zeal for Zion lies in bringing together the overlooked Christian Zionists into a single volume."--Haaretz

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"Zeal for Zion provides a historical context for Christian Zionism and uncovers a great deal of information that scholars of the history of Zionism have never mentioned before. This is a superb book on a topic of much contemporary interest and concern. Creative, imaginative, and full of intellectual gems and surprises."--Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College, author of The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany

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