this article may be one of the better pieces that tries to present a ‘contextual’ view of how modern israel and the modern jew came into existence… many things are taken out of context so clarity of focus is frequently tinted by emotion or motivation (such as some issues on present-day gaza – i know this because a few friends or acquaintances and many over the internet are driven by seemingly illogical thoughts for liking or disliking)… this is, perhaps, compounded by the fact that many people do not have enough time to assimilate the explosion of information on the web into something bite-sized and sensible; most people do not even have proper access to resources from differing thought groups and are simply left defenseless to the assault of whatever ideas are most hypnotically presented in the media… thank you for writing this one… 🙂
Growing up under Christian Zionist and dispensationalist teachings, I took for granted that the following narrative that was presented to me was the correct one:
The Jewish people in Israel are direct descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and God restored them to their land as a nation in 1948 in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The Palestinians, on the other hand, are newly-arrived Arabs, mainly from Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, who flooded the land when they saw the Jews beginning to come back from Russia, Europe, and elsewhere.
Although it’s been a number of years since I learned that this narrative is far from correct, more recently I’ve learned some details that, if true, take this distortion to the next level. They show the claims of Christian Zionism and dispensationalism to be even further off-base, not only Biblically but also in terms of history.
I recently read an article…
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