Does the New Testament Support Christian Zionism?

There are formidable new interpretive resources to make that case.

July 20, 2020 | Jon D. Levenson
About the author: Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University and the author of Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Library of Jewish Ideas; Princeton University Press).
This is a response to What Christians See in Jews and Israel in 2020 of the Common Era, originally published in Mosaic in July 2020

A Greek Orthodox monk stands behind a barricade at the entrance of the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, on May 26, 2020. GALI TIBBON/AFP via Getty Images.

Seeking a basis for reconciliation between Jews and Christians has been a much-pursued enterprise over the past few centuries. For the most part, the quest has been founded upon a mutual willingness to dilute religious conviction or bracket it altogether. In his stimulating essay on Christian Zionism, Wilfred M. McClay, one of the most perceptive observers of American culture, describes a new way forward for Jewish-Christian relations, one found among “people who have serious and unwavering commitments to their respective faiths and are not interested in coming together merely for the sake of achieving a lowest common denominator.”

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