Before Pastor Hagee, There Was Lord Shaftesbury

The Victorian roots of evangelical Zionism.

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, by John Collier.
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, by John Collier.
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Oct. 20 2013
About the author

Gertrude Himmelfarb (1922-2019) wrote extensively on intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on Victorian England. Her recent books include The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot and The People of the Book: Philo-Semitism in England from Cromwell to Churchill.


The following comments are a historical footnote to Robert Nicholson’s splendid essay, “Evangelicals and Israel.” Addressing himself to American Jews, he rebukes them for being distrustful of the millions of evangelical Christians who have been staunch supporters of the Jewish state and the Jewish people. But he also rebukes the growing minority of evangelicals who have recently withdrawn that support and are now actively hostile to Israel and Jews.

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