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A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and One Man's Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance Paperback – Bargain Price, February 5, 2008
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In this provocative study, Chafets, a journalist and former Menachem Begin press secretary, explores American evangelical support for Israel. Chafets interweaves reflections on the history of American Christians' embrace of Israel with contemporary reporting, visiting places like Jerry Falwell's Liberty University and tagging along on an evangelical tour of the Holy Land. Perhaps his most important point is that, despite American reporters' claims that only Israeli fanatics have accepted evangelical support, in fact "mainstream Israel" has welcomed the alliance. Chafets argues that especially in a time of war, American Jews need to realize that it is "Muslim fascists," not evangelical Christians, who are Israel's enemy. He acknowledges that much Christian Zionism includes belief in an end times scenario in which Jews don't fare well, but asks why Jews should care so much about their place in Christian eschatology, since Jews reject Christian accounts of the end times tout court . Altogether, Chafets's portrait suggests a great gulf between American Jewry and Israelis, and also points to great diversity of views among American Christians: liberal Protestants tend to be more equivocal in their support of Israel. This intensely readable book, which ends with a warning that evangelical enthusiasm for Israel ought not to be taken for granted and is sure to spark heated debate. (Jan. 9)
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About the Author
Zev Chafets is a founding editor of the Jerusalem Report magazine and the author of nine books of fiction, media criticism, and social and political commentary. He splits his time between Tel Aviv and New York.
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Bottom-line is: Jews and Christian Evangelicals should get along. Issues separating us are trivial in comparison to the gains we can make if we stay together in the grand issues that both concern us. Just quit fuming about the Inquisition. That was in Europe, not America, by the way. Quit blaming Christian America for every evil: the Holocaust took place in Europe too. Christian America is Your friend, not Your enemy. Give us a break.
A multitude of Christians are stretching out their hands to Israel. So why not take it? It seems so simple.
Well obviously it ain't that simple when a lot of high class East Coast American Jewry still feel very prejudiced towards the average American of middle class. That they are disconnected with real America -not the America of their cocktail parties- doesn't seem to register with them. And if I say that they shouldn't be afraid of a Christian America because it's always been Christian from its inception and they got along pretty well, I won't be contributing much to mellowing the situation. But that's true. Judeo-Christian values made America possible. Maybe it ain't anymore so, but it sure was in the past. So what else do these Christian-hating Jews want? Christians are willing to stay with Israel and honest Jews through whatever it takes, but are not willing to deny their own Christ -the best Jew that ever was.
I guess well-intentioned books like this one are doomed to fail mainly because there's too much resentment, pride, hate, etc that corrupts any efforts done.
What I didn't like much was the common denominator used to explain the reasoning why this alliance should go on. Convenience and utilitarianism do not appeal to people who are spiritually minded and really believe in God. But I let it fly. On the other hand the book is a wealth of information: The who is who of the Evangelical and Jewish worlds.
Divide and conquer has always been the devil's favorite sport.
TV can raise hundreds of millions of dollars for such aims as returning
Jews to Israel (Palestine). This book describes one such effort by a Rabbi
that has been and continues to be successful. Evangelical Christians are
charitable toward this cause in particular. In case you have been wondering
about such appeals on Fox News just read this book and you will understand.
It is both informative and a fun read by an investigative journalist.
Chafets book comes to dispel Jewish suspicions about the Evangelicals. He talks with their leaders visits their churches and travels with them to the Holy Land. He finds their support for Israel unshaking and straightforward. He downplays the role of Replacement Theology. He chronicles ways in which Evangelicals have been supportive of Israel.
He points to the fact that Jews might be , or should be grateful to this source of support at a time when the Jewish state is being demonized by the radical Left as well as the radical Right. He thus points to the wisdom and sanity in their relationship , its rightness for both sides.
Chafetz is an interesting writer, a bit wild, a bit chutzpahdik but his heart and his head are in the right place.
An important book. A very good read.
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