Righteous gentiles: religion, identity, and myth in John Hagee's Christians United for Israel

Sean Durbin

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden ; Boston
Number of pages264
ISBN (Print)9789004385009, 9004384952, 9789004384958, 9004385002
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in critical research on religion
ISSN (Print)1877-2129


  • Christians United for Israel
  • Christian Zionism
  • Israel (Christian theology)
  • United States
  • Religion and politics
  • Foreign public opinion, American
  • Israel
  • Hagee, John
  • Public opinion, American


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