Should Jews embrace “Evangelical friends” and their support of Israel? What are the dimensions and limitations of that “friendship”? How is the Evangelical-Jewish relationship similar to and different from the relationship between Jews and Catholics?
A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and One Man’s Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance by Zev Chafets. HarperCollins, 2007 240 pp $24.95 Reviewed by Michael Kress Jewish attitudes toward Evangelicals tend to range from the paranoid (“They’re out to make America a Christian theocracy!”) to the condescending (“They’re backwater,
Elihu D. Stone Every Shabbat, shul-goers pray that God will recompense all those who are engaged with the needs of the community. Stewards of the public good are called upon to faithfully discharge their responsibilities mindful of the broader communal good, to the exclusion of narrow personal interest. Easy to say; hard to do. After
Yehiel Poupko: Viewed by some Jews as friends, by others as foes, the one thing certain is that Evangelical Christians pose a great conundrum for American Jews…. Evangelicals are great supporters of our Jewish national identity as expressed in Zionism and as realized in the State of Israel, and not our friends in the matter of the faith of the Jewish people, Judaism.
David Elcott: Many mainline Christians claim to stand for Israel even as they support divestment against companies doing business in Israel or condemn Israel as an apartheid state. Evangelicals concern me as well; their support may endanger Israel’s future even more than our fickle mainline Protestant friends.
David Neff: Central to the Evangelical understanding of reality is a deep sense that something is profoundly wrong with every member of the human race, that we each have a fundamental proclivity toward sinful self-love rather than toward loving God and our fellow human beings.
Michael Lindsay: Many assume that Evangelicals and Jews stand shoulder to shoulder on foreign policy — especially regarding Israel — and are at odds on domestic concerns. The reality, though, is more complicated.