How Are Jews and Israel Portrayed in the Left Behind Series?

A Historical Discussion of Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Yaakov Ariel


Page 6 of Left Behind introduces the readers to the first Jewish character in the novel and in the series at large: Chosen by a major journal as its “man of the year,” Chaim Rosenzweig is a scientist-wizard whose secret formula has helped turn Israel into a thriving nation.1 When a journalist for the Global Weekly interviews Rosenzweig, a major Russian attack on Israel takes place. Jews and Israel loom large in the novel and its sequels, and one cannot but notice their important role. Jews are neither ordinary figures nor incidental characters in the novel; nor is the State of Israel just one commonwealth among many. The Jews in the Left Behind series come to represent something much larger than their individual selves, just as their country plays a crucial role in the unfolding of the eschatological drama.


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