Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

American Christian Support for Israel: Standing with the Chosen People, 1948-1975

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

American Christian Support for Israel: Standing with the Chosen People, 1948-1975

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BRIEF NOTICE CROUSE, Eric R. American Christian Support for Israel: Standing with the Chosen People, 1948-1975. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. 2015. Pp. viii, 184. $80.00. ISBN 978-0-7391-9718-9.)

This book authored by Eric Crouse, professor of modern American history at Tyndale University College, Toronto, is essentially about evangelical, conservative Christian support for Israel. Its first five chapters are organized around the five major Israeli-Arab conflicts: the war of independence, the Pan-Arab invasion, the second Arab-Israel war, the 1960s and the Six-Day War, and the Yom Kippur War. The book is well researched and will be of use to historians interested in the support of evangelicals for Israel and its wars of self-defense.

Crouse describes very well the views of varying evangelical groups and their leading authors over the years. He cites Genesis 12:3, God's covenantal promise to Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah (whom he fails to mention) and their descendants, as the key biblical text of Christian Zionists: "I will bless those who bless you, and will curse him who curses you. …

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