'A Fool for Christ': Sense-Making and Negotiation of Identity in the Life Story of a Christian Soldier

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This chapter presents a narrative analysis of the life story of a Swedish Pentecostal who decided to join the Israeli Defense Forces out of his conviction that God wanted him to protect the chosen people. His story is treated as an example of lived Christian Zionism; as one of many manifestations that contemporary Christian affection for Israel can take. The analysis focuses on the central narrative pattern of calling-test of faith-confirmation, 'Jacob's' sense-making of his life choices, and the negotiation of his identity in relation to larger religious and cultural narratives.


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  • Religious Studies


  • Christian Zionism, Life Story, Narrative Identity, Evangelicalism, Israel, Dispensationalism
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehending Christian Zionism
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives in Comparison
EditorsGöran Gunner, Robert O. Smith
Place of PublicationMinneapolis
PublisherFortress Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781451489644
ISBN (Print)9781451472264
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
EventAnnual Conference of the American Academy of Religion - San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 2011 Nov 192012 Nov 22


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the American Academy of Religion
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

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