TH6613 - European Christians, Zionism, and The Modern State of Israel
European Christians, Zionism, and The Modern State of Israel
20 CC 10 ECTS
Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus
Recorded lectures / study material 10 hours Independent study time 190 hours
Independent Guided study
Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.
European anti-Semitism and the rise, history and different expressions of political Zionism
History, thought and role of modern European Christian Zionism
European Christian views of the Jewish people and the role of the European churches in the Holocaust
Post-Holocaust theology and post-war Jewish-Christian dialogue
Birth of the modern State of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict
Modern Israeli demography, civil society, politics, culture and the military
Arabs-Israeli citizens and the politics of identity
European Christian Zionism and Evangelical support for Israel
Emergence of European Evangelical Christian anti-Zionism, pro-Palestinian activism, BDS and disengagement from Israel
EU foreign policy and Israel
Religion in Israel (expressions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity)
The Holocaust debate in Israel
Zionism and post-Zionism: can Israel be Jewish and democratic?
Theological and political problems with popular Christian Zionism and the search for a more nuanced and politically astute expression
To comprehensively understand and critically evaluate scholarly viewpoints pertaining to early twentieth century European Christian expressions of philosemitism and their political contribution to the emergence of Christian Zionism
To enable students to research and reflect carefully upon leading academic scholarship on matters relating to European Christian expressions of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism and their contribution to perceptions of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Second World War and the Holocaust
To encourage students to understand and explore complexities and nuances in scholarly thought on research relating to understanding of the Second World War towards the Jewish people, the Modern State of Israel and Christian Zionism
To encourage a hermeneutically balanced and politically astute position vis-à-vis Israel among those identifying themselves as Christian Zionists, and to include an in-depth, sophisticated and systematic knowledge and understanding of modern Israeli society and politics
Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.
A capacity to interrogate complex issues by means of thorough and balanced engagement enabling the development of independent critical thought.
An appreciation of a wide range of scholarly viewpoints, and a capacity to explain and interact with appropriate academic rigour.
An ability to advance knowledge and understanding, enabling a platform for further studies and research at MA level and beyond.
Learning outcome(s) assessed
4000 word assignment
Colin Barnes, They Conspire Against Your People: The European Churches and the Holocaust (Broadstairs, Kent: King's Divinity Press and the Centre for Jewish-Christian Studies, 2014)
Guy Ben-Porat et al. Israel Since 1980 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Susannah Heschel, The Aryan Jesus, Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008)
Hillel Cohen, Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009)
Elvira King, The Pro-Israel Lobby in Europe, The Politics of Religion and Christian Zionism in the European Union (New York: IB Tauris, 2015)
Donald M. Lewis, The Origins of Christian Zionism: Lord Shaftesbury and Evangelical Support for a Jewish Homeland (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Paul C. Merkley, Christian Attitudes Towards the State of Israel (Kingston, Ontario:McGill-Queens University Press, 2001).
Benny Morris, Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999 (New York: Random House, 2001)
Ilan Peleg and Dov Waxman, Israel's Palestinians: The Conflict Within (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Colin Shindler, A History of Modern Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Elvira King and Colin Barnes
Theology and Religious Studies
Tue, 02 Feb 2016
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