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Zion's Christian Soldiers?: The Bible, Israel and the Church

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Many Bible-believing Christians are convinced that God blesses those nations that stand with Israel and curses those that don't. This belief has had a significant influence on attitudes toward the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. Claims made in books like The Scofield Reference Bible and Hal Lindsey's The Late Great Planet Earth have fed into contem ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published July 24th 2008 by IVP Books (first published October 19th 2007)
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Jody
Oct 03, 2008 Jody rated it liked it
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I have frequently shied away from the topic of Israel for a variety of reasons.

1) Its highly controversial among Christians, particularly in the US
2) I’m embarrassed by The Left Behind books
3) I’m not a theologian or eschatologist and the issues seem highly complex

However, as I continue to ponder the implications of the unquestioned support of Israel as a means of justifying war in the Middle East, I grow disturbed at the implications for global Christians. Enter: Zion’s Christian Soldiers by S
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Frank Peters
May 15, 2012 Frank Peters rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book on the all too prevalent “Christian Zionism”. This is book that bases its arguments and discussions on the bible, using the context of both the individual passage as well as the bible as a whole. Thanks to the book, I finally understand how key a belief in dispensationalism is to buy into the “Christian Zionist” position (at least if one was to accept the position based on intellectual rather than merely rhetorical arguments). I am especially happy for the book, as it p ...more
Farouk Abu Alhana
Sizer makes the case for why he believes dispensationalists are wrong in their understanding of the Bible and covenant. As a Muslim, much of what he had to say regarding intrepretation of scripture resonated with me. His criticism of Tim LaHaye and others' reading of contemporary events into Biblical passages showed how easy it is for anyone to make scripture read one way or other when the contextual and historical context of the passage is ignored.
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