"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."
-Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception
"A fascinating story. . . . Highly recommended to Jewish as well as Christian readers, and especially to Israelis."
-Israel Studies Review
"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."
"All told, the value of Zeal for Zion
lies in bringing together the overlooked Christian Zionists into a single volume."
"A fresh look at the movement that spawned the Jewish homeland."
-Jewish Book World
"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
"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
"Shalom Goldman has succeeded in dealing with [Zionism] in a remarkably fair, clear, and informative way."
-Times Literary Supplement
"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."
"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
"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
From the Inside Flap
Goldman argues that Jewish Zionism was influenced by--and cannot be understood in isolation from--Christian culture generally and Christian Zionist culture specifically. Shedding light on the deep and interrelated roots of Christian-Jewish relations, fraught with tension and ambivalence, he finds that Christian support for the Jewish Zionist cause has been essential to the success of the movement.