Peace and end time expectations in Christian Zionism : A Qualitative Analysis of Swedish Christian Zionist Movements

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Peace and end time expectations in Christian Zionism : A Qualitative Analysis of Swedish Christian Zionist Movements
Author(s) Steiner, Kristian ; Lundberg, Anders
Date 2015
English abstract
This study examines how the hope for peace in the Middle East is articulated in Swedish Christian Zionist movements, both publicly and in private interviews with leaders and speakers. The article shows that Swedish Christian Zionist movements’ public lectures and sermons rarely address political issues as peace. However, they do reiterate favourable images of Jews and occasionally negative images of Muslims and Arabs. It is apparent in interviews that these leaders and speakers are pessimistic regarding peace in the Middle East. For them, it is not attainable, and, in some cases, it is described as transcendent. In some interviews, Islam, Muslims, and Arabs – in some cases specific Muslim actors – are depicted as inferior, violent, and obstacles to peace. The favourable images of Jews reoccur, and they are instrumentalized, albeit infrequently. Lastly, Christians are repeatedly discouraged to support peace, since it might be false, or to demand Israeli territorial concessions.
Publisher Tapir
Host/Issue Nordic Journal of Religion and Society;2
Volume 28
ISSN 0809-7291
Pages 117–136
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Peace
Middle East
Christian Zionism
apocalypse
philo-Semitism
anti-Semitism
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19773 (link to this page)

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