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Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed

I have recently been reading the book by Philip Hallie entitled Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed. My copy is from 1994. It looks like the original book came out in 1979. It is the story of the French village in southern France named Le Chambon (on the Lignon River), a small town of around 3000 souls who saved many Jewish people, mostly children, from the Nazis from 1940-1944. The village was primarily Protestant — from the Huguenot tradition. The local Protestant pastor, Andre Trocme was the driving force behind the effort. Much tragedy was encountered but in the words of the author, “goodness happened there” as well as the people in a nonviolent way stood against Hitler and the Nazi determination to destroy the Jewish people. Although I do not agree with all of the theology of that community and its pastor, I appreciate their courageous stand. I highly recommend the book.

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Zeal for Zion

I have just finished my reading of Shalom Goldman’s excellent book Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land (UNC Press).  Goldman is professor of Hebrew and Middle Eastern studies at Emory University.  I had made an earlier post on it in my earlier stages of reading.  While I think there are times when he is off in his assessment of various relationships and his portrayal of various theological views, on the whole he has provided an excellent outline of the historical convergence of Christian forms of Zionism and Jewish forms of Zionism since the late 1800s.  Perhaps the primary contribution he makes to the history of Zionism is to show that it is not a monolithic movement.  While this has been recognized on the Jewish side, on the Christian side it has been assumed in some circles (popularly?) that modern dispensationalism, which is Zionist by its very nature, is the only Christian form of Zionism.  This came home to me a few years ago at the Evangelical Theological Society.  Tommy Ice, a dispensationalist responder, pointed out to the main speaker Timothy Weber, that in his analysis (see Weber’s book On the Road to Armageddon) he assumed that all Christian Zionists were dispensationalists, when such is not the case.  Goldman’s book helps to support Ice’s conclusion and critique.

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Dispensationalism and the Charge of Anti-Semitism

1920s Article on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Covenant theologians have long been sensitive to being charged with anti-Semitism.  Recall the discussions about the Knox Seminary Open Letter and my response to it which can be found here in the eschatology section of the drop-down menus (click on systematic theology to get to eschatology).  However, it seems that dispensationalists are also occasionally charged with being anti-Semitic.  Apparently, no one in the evangelical world is immune to the charge.

Often I see the name Arno C. Gaebelein come up in such disucssions.  I am well-versed in Gaebelein’s life and work since I did my Ph.D. dissertation on him.  But I continue to be amazed at the misinformation that is broadcast about him on many fronts, including his attitudes about Jews.  To be sure, in my dissertation I analytically criticize him on many fronts as any dissertation writer would do.  In my case, it was a focus on Gaebelein’s theological method although I also get into the life influences upon Gaebelein and his attitudes about the Jews.

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