Date of Award

8-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Philosophy

Major Professor

Gilya Schmidt

Committee Members

Christine Shepardson, Charles Reynolds

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the relationship between Jewish fundamentalists and Christian Zionists and the harm that can ultimately result from this relationship. The first chapter examines the history of Jewish religious Zionists and the ways that it attempts to influence the Israeli government. Special attention is paid to religious settlements founded in the West Bank as a tactic for expanding Israel’s borders. The second chapter discusses Christian Zionists’ use of biblical scripture to argue in favor of expanding Israel’s borders to reflect those described in the Hebrew Bible. The third chapter examines Christian Zionist rhetoric vilifying Arab Muslims in an attempt to heighten the pre-existing tension between Arab Muslims and Jewish fundamentalists.

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