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Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State Hardcover – April 18, 2006
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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
Brog thoroughly debunks the conventional wisdom that says Evangelicals support Israel to speed the Second Coming. Whereas they believe that Israel is a sign of the approach of the millennium, they believe that other such signs include a general increase in immorality, apostasy, and, ultimately, the rise of the Anti-Christ. Since Evangelicals do everything in their power to fight these other signs of the End of Days, it is not reasonable to believe that they support Israel because Israel's existence is a sign of the End of Days. Furthermore, they believe that the Second Coming will occur after a massive invasion of Israel - so if they really based their Middle East politics on apocalyptic beliefs, they would try to bring about a massive invasion of Israel, rather than staunchly supporting Israel.
Ultimately, Standing With Israel is an eloquent plea to Jewish leaders to embrace the support of Christian Zionists. They would do well to heed it.
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I could barely finish page 1 of the Introduction without tears beginning to well in my eyes. Tears of shame for the actions of my theological forebears; tears of compassion for the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Peshat Books
It is important as Christians to know the significance of supporting Israel based on God's Word. David Brog does an excellent job at bringing this out. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Roy V. Casanova Jr.
If you are a lover of Israel, than this is a must read. Follows the Jewish-Christian relations through the ages with insightful thoughts on anti-Semitism and Christian Zionism. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Bonni Bailey
i bought this book on a friend's recommendation.It gave me much greater insight into the Christian support of Israel and dispelled the previously wrongly held assumptions which I... Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Zell Savitz
This is NOT light reading but I found it seriously entriging. I had known bits and pieces, ( I am in my 70's and consider myself educated) however, when all those pieces are put... Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Barbara J. Stonecypher