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Mideast action at U.N. casts spotlight on Christian Zionism
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says his Christianity commands him to support Israel.
September 23rd, 2011
08:12 AM ET

Mideast action at U.N. casts spotlight on Christian Zionism

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - As the Palestinians push for statehood recognition this week at the United Nations, perhaps no group has spoken out more against the gambit - or has been more outspokenly supportive of Israel - than Christian Zionists.

"As a Christian I have a clear directive to support Israel," Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said in New York on Tuesday, after delivering a speech blaming the U.N. and President Barack Obama for the Palestinian statehood push.

A U.S.-based group called Christians United for Israel, meanwhile, this week organized a campaign of more than 45,000 e-mails of support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"As you stand before the representatives of so many hostile nations," the e-mails said, "we want you to know that you are not alone!"

The Christian Zionist drumbeat against the Palestinian statehood push at the U.N. has grown so loud that some prominent Christians penned an "Open Letter to America's Christian Zionists," arguing that the movement is damaging prospects for Mideast peace.

While it's clear that they are becoming increasingly importantly players in the global debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, what is less clear to many Americans is exactly who Christian Zionists are and what they believe.

Even many American and Israeli Jews, who would presumably welcome a group that emphatically supports Jews and the Jewish state - some Christian Zionists go so far as to celebrate Jewish holidays and to make repeatedly trips to Israel - are uneasy about Christian Zionist support.

Some Jews wonder whether evangelicals should be embraced as allies at a time of growing Israeli isolation or shunned as covert proselytizers interested in the Jewish state only for its perceived role in provoking Jesus' second coming.

Some prominent Christian Zionists promote the idea that the Jews' return to Israel, which became a Jewish state in 1948, is a sign of the fast-approaching Rapture, when the righteous will ascend to heaven while others are left behind.

The Rapture, many evangelicals believe, will usher in an apocalyptic period that will culminate in Jesus' return. And some Christians believe that keeping Israel in Jewish hands will help expedite that end-times scenario.

These Christians, called dispensationalists because they believe history is divided into different eras, or dispensations, "believe the Jews need to go back to the land of Israel before or immediately after the Rapture and create a commonwealth," said Yaakov Ariel, a religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina.

"This is not believed to be the great Davidic Kingdom that would be ushered in by Jesus' second coming," Ariel said of the Jewish state, "but it is a stepping stone in that direction. Dispensationalists believe they can help pave the way for that."

Activists, academics and religious believers disagree about how influential this kind of apocalyptic thinking is in factoring into Christian support for Israel.

A growing number of prominent Republican figures, including Perry, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, have couched support for Israel in ways that place them in the Christian Zionism camp, say those who study the movement.

That includes David Brog, Executive Director of Christians United for Israel, the biggest American Christian Zionist group, who says that even Mitt Romney, a Mormon, can probably be described as a Christian Zionist.

At the same time, Brog argues that Christian support for Israel has little to do with a perceived role for the Jewish state in provoking Jesus' return.

"Many Christians think the birth of Israel is a sign that we may be nearing the second coming, but it has nothing to do with their support for Israel," he said. "These Christians know they can't change God's timetable."

"It's theologically impossible for Christians to change God's timetable," for the end times and for Jesus' second coming, he said.

Brog, who is Jewish, says most evangelical support is based on Abraham's words in the Old Testament that those who bless Israel will be blessed and that those who curse Israel will be cursed.

And Brog believes that Christian sympathy to the millennia-old struggles of Jews, from their harsh treatment under Roman rule to the Holocaust, has provoked a kind of Christian guilt that has resulted in support for certain Jewish causes.

"A strong theme in Christian Zionism is a sense of a debt of gratitude that has been ill repaid," says Brog, whose organization counts 750,000 members. "The Jewish people have given us the patriarchs and the first family of Mary and Joseph and every written word of the Bible, and how have we repaid that debt?"

"With the crusades and the Inquisition and Martin Luther, who wrote this horrific anti-Semitic book."

But the founder and National Chairman of Christians United for Israel, a Texas-based evangelist named John Hagee, has written Israel-centered books that hinge on apocalyptic themes, with titles like "Jerusalem Countdown" and "Final Dawn Over Jerusalem."

Ariel, the University of North Carolina professor, says that Hagee, along with Christian Right leaders like Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell, have all framed support for Israel in the context of apocalyptic theology.

Christian Zionism first caught on in the United States around the turn of the 20th century, when fundamentalists reasserted the literal truth of the Bible in the face of new, science-inspired ways of reading Scripture.

Those fundamentalists - the forbears of today's evangelicals - began identifying the biblical Israel with the modern notion of a Jewish state.

Shalom Goldman, a research professor of religion at Duke University, says American Christian identification with Israel goes back even further, to America's founding, when the country was seen as a historical exception, a kind of modern-day Israel, or Zion.

"Israel is the metaphor by which America created itself," Goldman said. "So many American churches incorporate the word Zion, and it has to do with the self-concept of America."

Goldman argues that it's this broader historical and cultural identification with Israel that underlies Christian Zionism. He estimates that a more apocalyptic view of Israel explains the thinking of a small fraction of Christian Zionists.

"Right now, Christian Zionism is identified with the ideology of the end times but it's not an accurate identification," he said. "The idea is so sexy and sensational that it gets all the attention but it's a small segment of Christians."

Still, many Jews are queasy about evangelical support for Israel because they believe Christians have ulterior motives.

"There's an uneasiness in the community with evangelical support," said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

But Foxman said that he has made his peace with Christian Zionism. "As long as the support is not conditioned on American Jewish support for the conservative Christian political agenda or on us converting,," he said," they can be my guest."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Israel • Politics

soundoff (462 Responses)
  1. tannim123

    To those who think religion needs government in any form to survive or thrive, or any piece of it for same, I quote James T. Kirk: "What need does God have of a starship?"

    Let Israel stand on its own and make its own call in its big boy pants, tha same as every other nation should. End all of the foreign aid we can't afford and let the rest of the world grow up our from under Uncle Sam's Big Nanny checkbook.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      While I support the idea of pulling back a bit on our funding for other nations...we do not live on an island in a sense. We need allies and Israel is one of the few we have in the Middle East.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  2. hehe

    There are no zionist christians or zionist united for america. Why kiss ...? They took America's wallets. They got our brains washed too!!! Press and multimedia propaganda extremely effective. Amazing to what great lengths politicians go to get votes. No principles.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  3. A P

    Sorry mean't to type satan will NOT give it back

    September 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  4. A P

    So much energy to protect a parcel of dust. Do you forget this is not the most sacred stop? It was handed to satan and he will give it back without a celestial fight. How does America look to the native indians? What would China do when another religion tears apart Buddah? Peace on earth can only exist when all 'systematic' governs (or gods) as power over others cease to exist.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Cl-lo Green

      China could careless about the Buddha. The Dali Llama is a marked man by China. He is China's Osama Bin Laden. Yes a peacful man is China's comparison to Osama Bin Laden. The Chinese could careless Buddhism survived or not..

      September 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  5. love peace justice

    ISREAL IS JACOB AND HIS DESCENDANTS, DON'T LET THEM FOOL. "THEY KNOW THE TRUTH"

    And God said to him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  6. Mike

    most religions are created to brainwash and control, what makes this one any different at all.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Mike

      (I'm a different Mike)

      Are you asking what is different between Judaism and other religions?

      The Old Testament is the history of God choosing Abraham to be the father of many nations, growing the tribe of Israel into a nation, and delivering them into the land promised to Abraham. There are descriptions of peoples and places and events that have been verified by archeologists (unlike the Book of Mormon) as well as prophecies that were fulfilled centuries after they were written and widely circulated.

      There are certainly some events that appear mythic or miraculous. You can choose to believe they didn't happen, but you can't prove they didn't happen.

      God provided two witnesses (The Old Testament and The New Testament) that outline the need for salvation and the plan for salvation. These are widely available to 90% of the globe today, but people are quick to discount "religion" or the notion there is a God who is Master of the Universe.

      If you are rationale, scientific person, you shouldn't be afraid to study the Old Testament. It should be easy to find a contradiction or other logical fallacy. Don't just go to a website of Bible contradictions, because you will find them, but study the scriptures yourself (you will then be able to see the fallacies in many so-called contradictions).

      Wish I could just give you the intellect and desire to logically, rationally and scientifically investigate these two witnesses.

      September 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  7. Bodhi

    Uncritical support for any government is not only dangerous, but undemocratic. A democracy requires criticism of ALL government in order to function. In the end, regardless of religion, race or ethicity, a politician is still a politician.. and is still a human being capable of greed, corruption and vice.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  8. Debbie

    God gave the land to the Jews not the State of Israel. Christian Zionists walk in the footsteps of Judas Iscariot.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Mike

      Are you saying the State of Israel is occupied by non-Jews?
      Did Jews not return to their homeland after the State of Israel was recognized?
      And how exactly are Christian Zionists like Judas Iscariot?
      Are you saying Christian Zionists intend to betray the State of Israel, or the Jews, or both?
      In what way would they betray them?

      September 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  9. Crane

    I'm sorry but this kind of intermingling is as silly as Sjiites in Teheran worrying over the welfare of the Paiuti in Utah for a mixture of emotional and religious reasons. When will Americans ever understand the notion of symmetry in international politics? On top of that: Power abuse is risky, especially when that power is dwindling in the global arena. Instead of international cherry-problem picking from North Korea, Vietnam to Iraq and now Palestine, you'd better solve your jobs issue, i.e., at home, in Detroit. There's a lot more of people out there that would need 'christian' support.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  10. love peace justice

    Genesis 35

    And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

    And God said to him, Your name is Jacob: your name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be your name: and he called his name Israel.

    And God said to him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins;

    And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  11. COUNTRYCOOK

    To ALL you who say God has forsaken Israel here is what God Almighty says to YOU.......35 This is what the LORD says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD Almighty is his name: 36 “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,” declares the LORD, “will Israel ever cease being a nation before me.” 37 This is what the LORD says: “Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 31:35-37.....did the sun come up today ? Will the moon appear tonight ? Are the stars still in their place ? SO in other words God's covenant with Israel is FOREVER ! Guess what,if there was no sun, moon or stars WE WOULDN'T BE HERE EITHER

    September 23, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • William Demuth

      Many of us believe your God is a Fairy Tale.

      Gods covenant with Israel?

      Thats about as relevant as last nights X Factor.

      Leave your silly beliefs back in the Bronze Age.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • nympha

      Thank you for the relevant scripture.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • love peace justice

      ISREAL IS JACOB AND HIS DESCENDANTS, DON'T LET THEM FOOL YOU OR EVEN TRY TO SCHOOL.

      And God said to him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Matt

      Wow, quoting something written by desert dwellers thousands of years ago, I guess that settles it!

      September 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Thanks for sharing the Good Word with us CountryCook. God bless the USA and God bless the Nation of Israel. Let the (United) Nations be confounded!

      September 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  12. Reality

    Not much Jewish or Christian zionism left after reviewing the following:

    “New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

    September 23, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • FatSean

      Yup. Christianity is just a reboot of older religions. And the Abrahamic god was known for ordering his people to commit genocide. What rubbish.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • .........

      spam alert do not read hit report abuse to all reality posts

      September 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Mike

      Let me get this straight, you read a book that says the stuff in the Bible is not really true. How do you know the book you read is true?

      If you were wise you would study and understand the scriptures before dismissing things out of hand.

      September 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Reality

      Mike,

      Note the references given in the summaries. After reading them, follow that up with reading and concluding from the following references:

      o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.
      2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–
      3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
      – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
      4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
      5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
      8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
      joezias.com/HealthHealingLandIsrael.htm
      9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.
      10. The Gnostic Jesus
      (Part One in a Two-Part Series on Ancient and Modern Gnosticism)
      by Douglas Groothuis: equip.org/free/DG040-1.htm
      11-35 as needed

      September 24, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  13. Conservative

    Most people I know do not support Israel because of a religious belief, they support Israel because it is the right thing to do. It is the only country in a region sorrounded by bullies. Also, Arabs and Muslims have never shown any love towards Americans or anybody from the West. They will never be our friends unless they drop Islam which is not happening baring something drastic happening.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • FatSean

      Palestinians already have their land, they don't need it gifted to them. i say it's only fair that Palestine get statehood.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • af090391

      Maybe they don't like the west because ever since the first crusades, the west has been trying to destroy their religion and conquer them? Actually, until imperialism ended around the world wars, they were losing too. Then, as a final act, we put in Israel, which they view as a territory of the west, because it was put in place of an already existing Arab state.

      Yeah, I don't blame them for hating us, but it has little to actually do with their religion.

      September 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Amen, my friend. It is indeed the right thing to do. Any third-grader with any sense at all would agree that an innocent child on the play ground has more right to the playground than do the bullies.

      September 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  14. Conservative

    People it doesn't matter if you are Christian, Athiest, Agnostic, etc. It doesn't matter if your Black, White, Mexican, Asian, etc. The Muslims will still see you as the enemy and want to destroy you as they have done countless civilizations throughout history.

    They do it slowly and they are effective. They took down Byzantium. They nearly destroyed India ruling that nation for 100s of years with the Mughal Dynasty. They defeated eventually the Mongols. They conquered Hungary, Romania, Wallachia, Serbia, and most of the Balkans. They took down the Sassinid Persian Empire which was massive and powerful and wiped out most of the Zorastrian religion.

    If we don't be cautious and stand up for our nation, the Muslims will wipe us out eventually as well.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • FatSean

      This is what low income right-wing Americans really believe. I wonder why it's so hard for the Army to recruit soldiers...they've had to accept gang members!

      September 23, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • American

      If that's true then I must decide who's worse, the radical muslims or the insane evangelical christians.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • nympha

      I know what you mean. This is a quote of Ahmadinejad's UN speech that was not reported by the media

      “This movement is certainly on its rightful path of creation, ensuring a promising future for humanity. A future that will be built when humanity initiates to trend the path of the divine prophets and the righteous under the leadership of Imam al-Mahdi, the Ultimate Savior of mankind and the inheritor to all divine messengers and leaders and to the pure generation of our great Prophet. The creation of a supreme and ideal society with the arrival of a perfect human being who is a true and sincere lover of all human beings, is the guaranteed promise of Allah. He will come alongside with Jesus Christ to lead the freedom and justice lovers to eradicate tyranny and discrimination, and promote knowledge, peace, justice freedom and love across the world. He will present to every single individual all the beauties of the world and all good things which bring happiness for humankind.”

      September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  15. Larry L

    Throughout history how many people have died for the Christian, Islamic and Hebrew religions? Each of these theologies was created by men with a political, social and economic agenda. Sadly, they all grew from the same seed, then branched off into their own version of reality. None are based on any verifiable facts and all cause horrific suffering. It really doesn't matter what they call themselves, they're all a plague on the Earth.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • PaulBoomer

      You got that right. And well said.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • Mike

      Your ignorance is truly astounding. I pity anyone who would take your statement as truth.

      September 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  16. AC

    Christian Zionism is a multi-faceted movement based on the religious teachings of John Nelson Darby and CI Scofield. There are radical and more moderate views but at it's core, it departs from historic Christianity in they view God as changing over time, rather than seeing Him as unchanging. Since they see God as changing, they take advantage of this and remake Him in their own image. They turn God into the ultimate political figure and like a good political figure, a rewarder of political allegiance. Where they depart theologically from historic Christianity, is they see the modern state of Israel as the pivot point of all of human history, rather than Jesus Christ. The most troubling part of their belief is that can speed-up Jesus return by returning as many Jews to Israel as they can. When that magic number is achieved, a number that only God knows, God rewards them by miraculously taking them to heaven while 2/3 of the people of Israel are killed in a world war. Few within the movement have ever considered this. Historically, movements within Christianity have been anti-semetic. This is just a deceptive form of anti-semitism.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  17. misha

    Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. – Steven Weinberg

    September 23, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • nympha

      No one is good. Not a single person religious or otherwise. Even w/o "religion" there would be evil. It is simply easier to point a finger at a scapegoat ignoring the fact that atheists and otherwise are all equally evil and violent.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • andy

      Yeah, I just think good/evil is defined by how we treat others. Mankind is capable of some seriously messed up stuff. I've seen the worst of people, and that's not including the things people go to prison for.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  18. Charms

    As long as Christians do not preach massacre and hate [which they don't] I'm fine with them.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  19. Spectator

    Hmmm… God is not coming to earth soon enough. Oh! God almighty please come down to earth asap and take all those EXTREME BELIEVERs to heaven so we on earth can be in peace for once, Amen.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Luk 17:21 "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is inside/within you."

      1Cr 3:9 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.”

      Seems to me that God lives inside us "buildings" and "temples",,,,,,,,,,,,

      1Cr 3:16 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

      GOD, not God is upon the outside parameters of the Cosmos where we find our so-called universe floating amid and upon the sea of Nothingness,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      September 23, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • c

      OK- but you WILL take a rain check on the peace.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  20. Barbara a Muslim

    Um....Israel in the Old Testament was Jacob. And I agree anyone who curses Jacob (Iss-rah-EEL) is cursed, since he was a Prophet of God, and anyone who curses ANY Prophets of God are in turn cursed.

    Since the LAND that is now called "Israel" which was named by a Zionist did not exist in the OT (and when it did, it was referred to as Philistine – Palestine), you cannot try and tie cursing present day Israel with OT Israel (aka: Jacob).

    This is about a nationalistic movement – Israel/Zionism – and nothing more. There are many observant Jews who are appalled at Israel's tactics towards the Palestinians. How one can come from such persecution (the Holocaust) to turn around and deliver the same upon another group of people is beyond the scope of rationality.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Conservative

      Last time I check, the Philistines were not Muslim and Arab. They were from Ancient Greece and settled that shore. ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CIVILIZATIONS. Sorry to break that to you.

      Palestinians are Arabs that conquered that area from Christians and Jews in 650 A.D. Read HISTORY!!!!

      September 23, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • love peace justice

      Genesis 35

      And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

      And God said to him, Your name is Jacob: your name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be your name: and he called his name Israel.

      And God said to him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins;

      And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • c

      Barbara- there are just as many ignorant Muslim's as there are ignorant Christian's.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Mike

      So you are suggesting the people that live in the State of Israel are not Jews?!

      Last I checked a lot of people there would consider Jacob a forefather.

      September 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
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