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.