For those that are interested, IVP has a new book coming out this Fall called The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land. If you want to read an interview with the editor of the book Gerald McDermot you can read that here. If you read the interview, you can see the purpose of the book. Note also that in the interview, McDermot notes that Zionism was around long before dispensationalism. I find this book to be very important for several reasons. Having taught on this topic myself, many, many, Christians simply don’t know enough about what the Bible teaches about the topic nor do they know the history of the Palestinian/Israel crisis. Also, many theologians read the Bible through the lens of the current Palestinian/Israel crisis. I hope this book gets the widest reading possible. I also hope this book dispels many of the straw man arguments that are propagated by many Christians about those that support Israel.