Righteous Gentiles: Religion, Identity, and Myth in John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel

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In Righteous Gentiles: Religion, Identity, and Myth in John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel, Sean Durbin offers a critical analysis of America’s largest Pro-Israel organization, Christians United for Israel, along with its critics and collaborators. Although many observers focus Christian Zionism’s influence on American foreign policy, or whether or not Christian Zionism is ‘truly’ religious, Righteous Gentiles takes a different approach.

Through his creative and critical analysis of Christian Zionists’ rhetoric and mythmaking strategies, Durbin demonstrates how they represent their identities and political activities as authentically religious. At the same time, Durbin examines the role that Jews and the state of Israel have as vehicles or empty signifiers through which Christian Zionist truth claims are represented as manifestly real.
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Biographical Note

Sean Durbin, PhD (2014), Macquarie University, has taught at universities throughout Australia. He is editor of the journal Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on Christian Zionism.

Table of contents

Series Editor Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on Previously Published Material

Introduction

1 Cultural and Theological Sources of American and Christian Affinity for Israel
2 “For Such a Time as This”: The Origins of Christians United for Israel as a Representation of Modern Mythmaking 3 Walking in the Mantle of Esther: Political Action as Religious Practice
4 David and Goliath, Isaac and Ishmael: Islam, Demonology, and the Eternal Enmity of God’s Enemies
5 Gideon in the Winepress: Internal Enemies and the Discursive Politics of Naming
6 “I am an Israeli”: Christian Zionism as American Redemption
7 Conclusion: “I Will Bless Those Who Bless You”: Philo-Semitism, Fetishism, and Unleashing the Blessings of God

Bibliography
Index

Readership

Students and researchers in religious studies, political science, American Studies, biblical studies, and in the reception history of the Bible will find valuable material in this book.

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