"I will bless those who bless you"

Christian zionism fetishism, and unleashing the blessings of God

Sean Durbin*

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This article focuses on the concept of 'blessing' Israel that has become common among contemporary American Christian Zionists. After introducing a theological scheme that has dominated discussions of contemporary Christian Zionism, the article critically examines one of the emerging narratives concerning the (re)discovery of Christian Zionists' Jewish roots and the way the Jewish contribution to Christianity is framed. Following this, the article considers the way Israel and Jews are understood to hold a distinct place in the network of world redemption and how contemporary Israel acts as a marker-what is referred to as a 'signifier of stability'-that helps Christian Zionists locate God's ongoing work in the world. Finally, the article discusses how Christian Zionists 'bless' Israel in practical ways as a form of submission to God, a reminder of their relationship with God, and a way to locate themselves in the redemptive process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-521
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Contemporary Religion
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013

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