By Yaakov Ariel
"In this vastly good researched and gracefully argued e-book, Ariel develops a nuanced subject: the complexity, ambivalence, or even paradox that has characterised conservative Protestant ideals relating to Jews and Israel, and the various responses between Jews. . . . nice scholarship awarded in a pleasingly obtainable style." —Stephen Spector, writer of Evangelicals and Israel: the tale of yank Christian Zionism it's commonly approved that Jews and evangelical Christians have little in universal. but distinctive alliances built among the 2 teams within the 19th and 20th centuries. Evangelicals seen Jews as either the rightful heirs of Israel and as a bunch who did not realize their actual savior. therefore, they got down to effect the process Jewish existence by means of trying to evangelize Jews and to facilitate their go back to Palestine. Their double-edged conception brought on exceptional political, cultural, and theological assembly issues that experience revolutionized Christian-Jewish relationships. An strange courting explores the ideals and political agendas that evangelicals have created to be able to impact the way forward for the Jews. This quantity bargains a desirable, entire research of the roots, manifestations, and effects of evangelical curiosity within the Jews, and the choices they supply to traditional ancient Christian-Jewish interactions. It additionally presents a compelling figuring out of center jap politics via a brand new lens. Yaakov Ariel is Professor of non secular reports on the college of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His ebook, Evangelizing the selected humans, was once presented the Albert C. Outler prize by means of the yankee Society of Church historical past. within the Goldstein-Goren sequence in American Jewish heritage
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23 According to this belief, the descent of Jesus to earth would occur in two phases. In the first, Jesus would not reach earth itself and would not yet begin his salvific mission. He would meet, in the air, the church, the body of true believers who had undergone personal experiences of conversion. These genuine believers, both the living and the dead, would be instantly snatched from earth—an event that would come about when the apocalyptic moment began. 25 In the second and final phase, Jesus would come with his saints (those previously snatched from earth), defeat Antichrist, and begin his reign on earth for a thousand years.
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