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An Unusual RelationshipEvangelical Christians and Jews$
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Yaakov Ariel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770689

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770689.001.0001

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Evangelicals and Jewish Restoration

Evangelicals and Jewish Restoration

(p.82) 4 Evangelicals and Jewish Restoration
An Unusual Relationship

Yaakov Ariel

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the evangelical initiatives for the restoration of the Jews to Palestine and the building of a Jewish commonwealth there, as well as the relationships that developed between evangelical Christians and the emerging Jewish Zionist movement. In the early nineteenth century, evangelical Protestants took a renewed interest in the Jewish people and their fate, at times directing their energies to initiatives to restore the Jews to Palestine. Most such evangelical proto-Zionist initiatives were undertaken in the English-speaking world, although one could find proponents of Jewish restoration in other societies in which pietist convictions held some influence. Initially, they had no immediate result, but they had long-lasting effects on the development of Zionism: creating sympathy for the movement and its aims in Christian societies and at times counterbalancing more negative views.

Keywords:   Jews, Palestine, Jewish commonwealth, evangelical Christians, Zionism, Christian societies

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