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An Unprecedented Relationship: Evangelicals, Jews, Israel and the Messianic Times

Date: 03/04/2013

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Temple Israel

Cost: Free


 Many have noticed, in the last decades, the supportive relations that evangelical Christians have developed towards Jews and especially the state of Israel.  What brings born-again Christians to take interest in Jews, contribute to Jewish causes, and offer political backing to the state of Israel?   The talk will explore the historical roots and theological motivation of the evangelical interest in the Jews and the manner it has manifested itself since the 19th century.  It will point to the complicated elements of the unexpected evangelical-Jewish friendship, and to the ambivalent Jewish reactions, as well as the reaction of non-evangelical Christians and Arabs to the evangelical-Jewish ménage.

Yaakov Ariel is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Chicago. His research focuses on Evangelical Christianity and its attitudes towards the Jewish people and the Holy Land; on Christian-Jewish relations in the late modern era; and on the Jewish reaction to modernity and postmodernity.

Professor Ariel has published numerous articles and two books on these subjects. His latest book, Evangelizing the Chosen People, was awarded the Albert C. Outler prize by the American Society of Church History. Currently, Professor Ariel is completing a book on Evangelical-Jewish relationship throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. His new book, An Unusual Relationship: Evangelicals and Jews, is scheduled to appear in 2013.



  • Name: Laura Lechner
  • E-mail: jwst@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4914
  • Sponsored by: Jewish Studies, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Religious Studies, Jewish Community Relations Council, Temple Israel, American Studies


The lecture will be held at Temple Israel, located at 2324 Emerson Ave. in Minneapolis. 

More information: http://www.jwst.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lechner at jwst@umn.edu, or at 612-624-4914.

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