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Evangelists in a Strange Land: American Missionaries in Israel, 1948–1967

Peter Y. Medding

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: Volume XIV: Coping with Life and Death: Jewish Families in the Twentieth Century

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128208
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128208.003.0010

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Evangelists in a Strange Land: American Missionaries in Israel, 1948–1967

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The establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 made a strong impression on American evangelicals, not only enhancing their messianic hopes but inspiring them to devote more energy and manpower to missionary efforts in the newly sovereign state. The American missionary experience in Israel between 1948 and 1967 was in many ways unique. Contrary to all expectations, Christians were allowed to evangelize in the independent Jewish state, but there soon developed a gap between the missions' initial ideals and expectations and their actual modes of activity. Missionaries encountered unparalleled situations and found unprecedented means to carry out their agendas, but in the process found that the ends as well as the means were often transformed.

Keywords: American missionaries; Christians; evangelicals

Chapter.  10661 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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