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From Exile to Restoration (DVD)

The Role of the British Empire in the Restoration of Israel

Authors: Hugh Kitson, Kelvin Crombie

Product code: D44

The story of how Jewish, Christian and geo-political factors in the Middle East intertwined to lead to the involvement of the British Empire in the restoration of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland and the rebirth of Israel as a nation in 1948.

From the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE when the Roman Empire exiled the Jewish people, they longed for a future restoration to the land of Israel. The 16th century Protestant Reformation saw Christians reading of the Bible promises of a latter day restoration of the Jewish people to the land of their forefathers. This awareness not only spread widely through the Church, but among political leadership in Britain, at the same time as her Empire was expanding in the East. 

The First World War, beginning with the Gallipoli campaign and political concern for the future of the Ottoman Empire, presented an opportunity for the restoration of Israel. On 31st October 1917, the same day as the British & Commonwealth victory at Beersheba, came the British War Cabinet’s decision to favour the establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine. This was shortly followed by General Allenby’s subsequent entrance into Jerusalem. 

Join Kelvin Crombie, together with Israeli academics, the grandson of a hero of the battle in Beersheba, and British and American churchmen in this story of the fulfilment of some three hundred years of geo-political activity and British Christian vision. 

About the Authors

Hugh Kitson

Has been making documentaries for the film and TV industry for over thirty years. His favourite location is Israel, where he has produced several films. He is the founder of the Hatikvah Film Trust which promotes the advancement of the Christian faith and of Biblical prophecy through the production of documentary films, television and audio-visual programmes.

At the same time it aims to foster an understanding in the Church of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith as well as the place of the nation of Israel and the Jewish people, from both a Biblical and historical perspective, in the purposes of God.

Kelvin Crombie

Kelvin and Lexie Crombie lived in Israel for nearly twenty-five years, and their four daughters, Orit, Nirel, Talia and Abigail were all born there.

Kelvin was based at Christ Church in the Old City of Jerusalem. He developed an intimate and profound knowledge about the history of the restoration of Israel and particularly the role of the ANZACs in that restoration, and has published a book, documentary DVD and pamphlets on the subject.

The Crombie family has relocated back to Perth, Western Australia, and is available to speak about his work in Israel, and the unique relationship between Australia & New Zealand and Israel.