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Dan Cohn-Sherbok: The Politics of Apocalypse

Cohn-Sherbok’s structure suggests he may have drawn on earlier material (he previously cooperated on a project exploring the Arab-Israeli conflict) as a basis for the main thrust of this particular book. The result is an objective and impassionate 150 pages, together with a final quarter of the book which arguably comes across as somewhat of a tirade against what he perceives as a dangerous Christian Zionist mindset which wields substantial influence within U.S. politics. This is a pity because, on the whole, the bulk of this book offers a genuinely fascinating narrative exploring many of the behind-the-scenes political efforts which ultimately led to the founding of a Jewish homeland and nation. Thus, despite any minor shortcomings the book remains an inherently valuable introduction to both early Jewish and Christian Zionism.

Reviewed by Calvin L. Smith

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Category: In Depth, Winter 2009

About the Author: Calvin L. Smith, Ph.D. (University of Birmingham, England), is College Principal and Tutor in Theology at King's Evangelical Divinity School. He is also Editor of the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics. He is the author of numerous books and articles, editor of Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism (Brill, 2011) and editor of The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians (King's Evangelical Divinity School, 2009).

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