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It's hard to give an opinion on this entertaining little book. Why? Well, the subject is one everyone gets touchy on, and practically anything the author says is going to be misinterpreted or ignored. Almost anything one says to build bridges will not prosper. This author tries it, though. And if I give his book 4 stars it's because, whatever the results may be, and even if I myself don't agree with some things, I have to admit that the book is fun.Bottom-line is: Jews and Christian Evangelicals...
The authors politics are terrible but his reporting on the new Evangelical love for the Jews and the State of Israel is an ironic introduction to the major trends and players. He makes some sharp observations on the class/status issues around Jewish aversions to their new BFFs: Jews may not have landed at Plymouth Rock, but in recent decades they have made it to Marthas Vineyard, and they are sometimes not very sensitive to the feelings of the inhabitants of Gilligans Island. The alliance is
Oddly smug, and more than a little sad. About evangelicals' support for Israel, which needs to rebuild the Second Temple so Jesus can come back and defeat Satan. It's a typically pugnacious Israeli book (I keep getting the sense of him sitting back and feeling self-satisfied with how many stereotypes he's punctured), but also a desperate one: when the best you can do for allies is a group whose members keep "accidentally" spitting out messages about how Jews really need to accept Jesus and don't...
insightful and witty. the author's style is of the type i aspire to:"But liberals in academia, the entertainment business, and the media need to be a little less self-righteous about this. They, too, promote an end-times utopia, a day when evangelical Bible-thumpers scrape the Confederate decals off their trucks and the mayonnaise off their sandwiches, beat their hunting rifles into sixteen-speed bicycles, replace Genesis with Darwin, and embrace Seinfeld values" (p. 195).brilliant.
I rated this book highly because of its "informational" value. The content of Zev's reporting is not generally known by the evangelical crowd that I associate with and should be. The question that lingers is whether new and younger evangelical leaders will follow in the footsteps of Falwell and Robertson in terms of their relationship to Israel? But we need another book by Zev to answer that question.
Hmmm, one of the few non-religious ppl that is politically conservative that I found both credible and interesting. I was surprised :-) He seemed to be pretty objective about both religious jews and religious right wing evangelicals...all from the outside..a pretty easy and quick read, as well. I enjoyed this book
This was an interesting book about the alliances between evangelical Christians and Jews regarding Israel. My problem with it is that I felt the author believes we should be unquestioning in our support of Israel, and I can't, and won't be unquestioning in my support of anyone.
really well written and not what youd expect, a nice easy read