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Introduction

  • Andrew Crome
Chapter
Part of the Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World book series (CTAW)

Abstract

The introduction discusses issues surrounding the study of Christian Zionism and national identity in the historical context. It begins by questioning the historiography of “elect nationhood”, which suggests a likely clash between the “elect” nation and ethnic Jews. Instead, it suggests a model of “chosen” nationhood in which the nation is defined in relation to their treatment of Israel. This portrays the Jew as a positive “other”. This is analysed through a modified version of Bauman’s concept of allosemitism. It suggests an eschatological “point of encounter” in which self and other momentarily cross paths. The introduction ends by suggesting a five-point framework for understanding Christian Zionism and “chosen” national identity.

Keywords

Christian Zionism Elect nation English national identity Allosemitism England Eschatology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Crome
    • 1
  1. 1.History, Geoffrey Manton BuildingManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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