War and peace theology in German and Swedish christian zionism

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dc.contributor.author Steiner, Kristian
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-21T14:50:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-21T14:50:56Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 38-76 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2155-160X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17968
dc.description.abstract This is a comparative study of how Swedish and German Christian Zionist literature from 1967–2012 portrays the chances for peace and the risk for war, globally and in the Middle East. Christian Zionism is a theology supporting the establishment and the preservation of the modern state of Israel as a Jewish homeland. Christian Zionist literature, in Germany and Sweden, demonstrates very little hope for peace, since this world is assumed fallen, heading for the apocalypse, in the hands of the Devil, and inhabited by a sinful humanity beyond improvement. The image of Arabs is clearly that of an enemy image; so portraying them as inferior: permanently lying, violent, dangerous, and incapable. Thus, peace with Arabs is futile. Jews are given appreciative attributes: intelligent, democratic, progressive and capable. However, Jews are instrumentalized, being regarded as a tool in a fatalistic end-time schema. They are expected to “return” to Israel, a requirement for the return of the Messiah. In Israel, Jews will face Armageddon, leaving many to perish. The readership of this literature is required to pray for Israel and for the “return” of Jews. However, it is explicitly dissuaded from supporting peace initiatives, and never required to save Jews from Armageddon. German and Swedish literatures generally share the same beliefs, and the discourse has been largely consistent over the years. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Nebraska at Omaha en_US
dc.subject Christian Zionism en_US
dc.subject Peace Theology en_US
dc.subject German Christian Zionist Literature en_US
dc.subject Swedish Christian Zionist Literature en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title War and peace theology in German and Swedish christian zionism en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs;
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 3 en_US
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