Special Focus:
A National Resurrection

Such was the frontpage headline of the New York Times fifty years ago. On May 14, 1948, at 4:00 p.m., leaders gathered in Tel Aviv to declare the establishment of a new-but-old country. The State of Israel was proclaimed according to the UN partition plan (1947). Less than 24 hours after the declaration, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq invaded the country, forcing Israel to defend its regained borders. This War of Independence lasted over a year and claimed 6,000 Israeli lives before Israel was victorious.

Israeli population numbered 806,000 in that day. Today, the current population of Israel is an estimated 5.94 million, with 36% of the world Jewry residing there. Few historians or theologians foresaw the reinstatement of Israel to the Jewish people. But, interestingly, God Himself may have hinted at this historic day in the Bible. The birth of Abraham occurred 1,948 years after the birth of Adam (calculated through the genealogies in the Book of Genesis). Please enjoy our special focus devoted to Jewish history and related issues.

Feature Articles:

The Untold Story
Jamie Cowen
The author discusses the role of Christian Zionists in the establishment of modern-day Israel.

Who is 'Israel' and What is Her Future?
Jonathan Went
The author discusses the issue of what, biblically, is meant by the term 'Israel,' and what God has planned for the future of the Jewish nation.

Related Articles:

Love, Hate, and Jewish Identity
Jonathan Sacks
The author traces the Jewish identity through modernity. He considers many historical and social factors as he concludes that the Jews have moved away from their religious heritage, the very thing that made them unique, in favor of secular principles.

Judaism or Jewishness?
Elliot Abrams
The author traces the series of historical efforts by which Jews sought to gain equality in America. Did this effort culminate in an effort to secularize American institutions?

Jesus the Jew
Jonathan Went
The author looks at issues surrounding the question of the "historical Jesus" and discusses the Jewishness of Jesus.

The Zionist Imperative
Emil L. Fackenheim
Some eighty years ago, the German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen declared, "The Jewish people do not need a state of their own. Nor may they have one, for a state is particularistic, and conflicts with the Jewish messianic mission, which is universal."

The Holocaust: Ideas and Their Consequences
Ray Cotton
The real reason for the Holocaust was the atheistic anti-Semitism of German nationalism based on a naturalistic world view.

Israel's History Written in Advance
Robert C. Newman, condensed by Rich Milne
In the Old Testament, God made many predictions about nations and cities and their fate. With remarkable accuracy, archeology shows that in every case, what God predicted would happen even hundreds of years later, came to pass. That the Jews still exist is an amazing testimony to God's faithfulness even as He judged the nations around them.

John Gay
What if God had not chosen Abraham, but rather another man to father God's chosen nation? Would that have changed the way the world views the Jewish race? The answer to this question divulges the true basis of anti-Semitism.

Remnant Theology: A Different Perspective on Israel and the Church
John Gay
Through the centuries there have been two predominant concepts concerning the relationship between Israel and the Church. Is it possible that both of these popular positions have been somewhat in error? Is there a middle ground of truth?

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