'I am an Israeli': Christian Zionism as American redemption

Sean Durbin*

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This article argues that discourse used to define and understand Israel by prominent American Christian Zionists is a discourse of national idealisation. Drawing on Durkheim's (2008) notion of symbols as sources of social solidarity, I argue that this imagined Israel reflects conservative social and military values that are shared among Christian Zionists and their supporters-values which many in this broad category see the United States failing to uphold. Following this, I show how one of America's most prominent pastors-John Hagee-and his organisation-Christians United for Israel-have taken on the role of a contemporary Jeremiah, criticising the American government for not adequately supporting Israel. This article concludes by considering how Christian Zionists are calling America to renew and align itself with God by blessing Israel, and acting like Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-347
Number of pages24
JournalCulture and Religion
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013


  • American jeremiad
  • Christian Zionism
  • Christians United for Israel
  • John Hagee
  • Obama
  • redemption


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