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Religious Roots of a Political Ideology : Judaism and Christianity at the Cradle of Zionism

Mediterranean review, Vol 5, No 1, June 2012, pp.75-100

Abstract :

Albeit overtly secular, Zionist ideology was inspired by religious thought. While traditional religions often supported the nationalist cause, the relationship of Judaism and Zionism is vastly different. Adepts of traditional Judaism immediately rejected Zionism, and this rejectionist attitude has not vanished to this day. On the other hand, Christian, mainly Protestant theologians had developed the idea of the ingathering of the Jews in the Holy Land several centuries prior to the first Zionist congress in 1897. This explains why the initially socialist oriented secular project of social transformation has undergone sacralization, becoming a focal point of Evangelical Christian Zionists. These Evangelical contributions to Zionism and the Zionist state must be taken into account in analyses of the State of Israel, its position in the modern Middle East and the policy-making of those countries where such Evangelical circles wield significant influence.

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  • Yakov RabkinYakov Rabkin

    Yakov M. Rabkin est professeur titulaire au département d’histoire de l’Université de Montréal, membre du Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes.
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