Robert O. Smith

On November 5, Robert O. Smith lectured on Political Zionism within American Evangelical Christianity. Smith’s talk was not part of the regular Tantur curriculum, but was billed as a “book presentation,” since Smith is the author of More Desired than Our Owne Salvation: The Roots of Christian Zionism (Oxford University Press, 2013).  He is currently Academic Director of the Jerusalem Global Gateway Program, Notre Dame University. Smith is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  He once served as the church’s Area Program Director for the Middle East & North Africa. He also served as Special Adviser to the President of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan.