The New Christian Zionism Is about God’s Covenant with Israel, Not the Apocalypse

July 1, 2021 | Gerald McDermott
About the author: Gerald McDermott is retired from the Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School.

In the minds of many Americans, Christian support for the Jewish state stems from various ideas about the end of history. And indeed, dispensationalism—a school of Christian thinking about the unfolding of history—has played an important role in Christian Zionism. But increasingly those devout Christians who believe it to be their duty to support the Jewish state do so because of a new theology that sees the Jews’ status as God’s chosen people as irrevocable. Gerald McDermott, among the foremost scholarly proponents of this theory, explains his thinking to the Christian Hebrew Bible scholar Dru Johnson, who poses tough questions about anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and the place of Jews in Christian notions of salvation. (Audio, 34 minutes.)

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