Are you thinking what we think you might be thinking?
Hm. Zion. I know that word – it’s in the Bible. Isn’t it a mountain? No wait, is it a city? Or is it the Temple? I’m confused. How can I know what Christian Zionism is when I’m not even sure what Zion means?
Never fear; in this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly clear that up at the beginning with a really cool analogy. Then, they discuss a common definition of Christian Zionism, analyzing it bit by bit to root out the Good, the Bad and where it can get downright Ugly.
Along the Way
As they explore various aspects of Christian Zionism, their conversation takes them to:
Words You Might Learn in This Episode
Zion, Christian Zionism, Am Israel, Eretz Israel, Baruch haba bashem Adonai, aliyah
Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
Psalm 76:1–2, Psalm 87:2, Psalm 135:21, Psalm 51:18, Genesis 13:14–17, Deuteronomy 12:4–5, Ezra 6:12, Zechariah 14:8–9, Ezekiel 36:24, 2 Samuel 22:50–51, Ezra 3:11, Isaiah 54:10, Ezekiel 20:34, Ezekiel 11:16–17, Ezekiel 36:25, Matthew 23:37–39, Romans 11:25–27, Romans 3:25, John 1:29, John 14:6, Zechariah 14:2, Matthew 15:24, Galatians 3:28, Romans 3:23, Acts 4:12, Romans 11:17–24
Previous Episodes Mentioned
Episode 15 – Israel: Promised Land and Political State
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