09 January 2006

“‘I feel jealous sometimes. This term that keeps coming up in the Old Book — the Chosen, the Chosen.’”¬†The Washington Post’s¬†Alan Cooperman delivers another thoughtful report, about the evangelical-Jewish alliance, using the pastorship of the Jew-loving, Southern Baptist Rev. Lamarr Mooneyham as representation of the phenomenon of evangelical “philo-Semitism” — lately a very hot topic as liberal and moderate Jews begin to publically air their anxieties about the longer-term intentions — and biblical motivations — of Judaism’s new best friends, and question whether, as New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier says, such fixations are ultimately, “‘both Semitisms…forms of obsession about the Jews.’”