The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land

Edited by Gerald McDermott (IVP Academic)

In certain circles, the cause of Christian Zionism has acquired a bad odor. Some would-be sympathizers cringe at its history of dubious end-times speculation, while others want to avoid blessing the government and military policies of modern Israel. The theologians and historians included in this volume propose, as its title suggests, a new Christian Zionism, grounded not in the belief that Israel is “a perfect country” or “the last Jewish state we will see before the end of days,” but in sound biblical theology and common-sense political wisdom. They are “convinced,” explains McDermott, that Jews “deserve a homeland in Israel” and that their “efforts to establish a nation-state, after two millennia of being separated from controlling the land, [are] part of the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.”

The Street Is My Pulpit: Hip Hop and Christianity in Kenya

Mwenda Ntarangwi (University of Illinois Press)

In America, Christian rap aficionados have Lecrae, Trip Lee, and Tedashii. In Kenya, their champion is dreadlocked 32-year-old Juliani. A self-described born-again believer who resists being pigeon-holed as “gospel” or “secular,” Juliani “is arguably one of the most popular hip-hop artists in Kenya today,” writes Ntarangwi, an anthropologist at Calvin College. “His name has been used to promote new farming techniques, cell-phone products, environmental issues, political change, wildlife conservation, and economic programs, among many others.” Ntarangwi, himself a Kenyan, has spent years researching East African hip-hop ...

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