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Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged: 3 (New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology)

Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged: 3 (New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology) [Kindle Edition]

Barry E. Horner
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Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged is volume three in the NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY STUDIES IN BIBLE & THEOLOGY (NACSBT) series for pastors, advanced Bible students, and other deeply committed laypersons.

Author Barry E. Horner writes to persuade readers concerning the divine validity of the Jew today (based on Romans 11:28), as well as the nation of Israel and the land of Palestine, in the midst of this much debated issue within Christendom at various levels. He examines the Bible’s consistent pro-Judaic direction, namely a Judeo-centric eschatology that is a unifying feature throughout Scripture.

Not sensationalist like many other writings on this constantly debated topic, Future Israel is instead notably exegetical and theological in its argumentation. Users will find this an excellent extension of the long-respected NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0805446273
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (15 Oct 2007)
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  • Language: English
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading 25 Jan 2008
a most important book that clearly uncovers the latent antisemitism that resides in christendom today, the author goes to the roots of a biased theology that has sought to appropriate to itself the promises that belong to israel, the arrogance of a gentile church that dismisses the jews as passe is brought out very well, i recommend this book to anyone interested in the wellbeing of the church today, and the true place of israel and the definite role that it has both today and in the future, a very sound book, no sensationalism nor twisting of scripture to fit an agenda, but simply and clearly brings out where the church is going wrong, i hope many people will read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory 26 Dec 2008
Barry Horner's work is long overdue from evangelicals. It is a deep and useful exposure of the roots of Christian anti-Semitism condemned in Romans 11.20. His range is broad and deep, encompassing and interacting critically with PhD/ThD theses and continental as well as American and British authors, including contemporary sources, whilst he ranges back to the reformers and Church fathers. His tone is usually moderate and analytical but his criticisms are sharp.

My main reservation is that he creates an identity between supercessionist anti-Semitism and amillienialism, as though every consistent amillenialist is bound to deny the validity of the land promise to unbelieving Israel. Tertullian (as the other reviewer notes) was a chiliast and a pioneer in anti Jewish polemic (see Nicholls).

I am also unpersuaded that Gal 6.16 and Rom.11.26 must be seen as referring only to Jews to provide essential antidotes to anti-Semitic supercessionism - on the contrary whilst strongly disagreeing with Hendriksen's views on the land, his exegesis here seems better founded. The glory of the Redeemer's kingdom is as Horner emphasises its diversity within unity, with a spectacular restoration of decaying Gentile hope through the climactic ressurrection of Jewish faith in Messiah, ('life from the dead') - is this not all Israel? The Jew first though last, and the Gentile first in order follows joyfully after.

His view that a reconstructed Temple could ever again serve a holy function is peculiarly dispensational - it could surely only be an accursed one (Mk.11,20 + context, 2 Thess. 2.4). That position represents a conflation of two distinct covenants just as marked as the opponents he criticises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christian attitudes to Israel 4 July 2009
This extraordinary work delicately exposes Christian Antisemitism (although the author politely employs the term "Anti-Judaism"), relating the history of gentile usurpation of the heritage of the Jewish people. This mindset became popular with Augustine's amillennialism; reformers like Luther & Calvin accepted the doctrine of supercessionism or replacement theology and it has persisted in Reformed theology up to the present day. Jewish Christians are given a voice and the author holds the attitude of the Apostle Paul up as an example, in particular his love for Israel as expressed in the letter to the Romans chapters 9 to 11.

In essence, the book seeks answers from scripture on whether Israel as a distinct nation in its own land has a future according to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Those who learn from history already know the answer, based on the country's miraculous rebirth in 1948 and its survival against overwhelming odds. The aforementioned question is not a mere academic issue. There are those who still hold to the doctrine of supercessionism/replacement theology, often in a veiled form. They are contributing to the spread of the new Antisemitism as recorded by Phyllis Chesler and by Bernard Harrison in his book The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism.

Horner's scholarly investigation is excruciatingly detailed and steeped in the terminology of Reformed theology so that the lay reader may find it hard going. He writes in a spirit of humility and seems to bend backwards to accept the bona fides of contemporary Christian theologians opposed to Israel.
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God's present covenantal interest is rooted in the original promise given to Abraham that included the land (Gen 12:1–3,7; 13:14–17; 15:18–21). &quote;
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While theological anti-Judaism is based on biblical and religious convictions about the Jew, and racial anti-Judaism is based on antipathy toward social, cultural and ethnic characteristics inherent in the Jew, it cannot be denied that rabid interest in the former is capable of giving birth to the ethos of the latter. &quote;
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