Future Israel: 3 (New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology) Hardcover – 15 Oct 2007
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About the Author
Barry E. Horner is pastor of Christ's New Covenant Church in Tucson, Arizona, and maintains a Web site devoted to the study of John Bunyan. He holds degrees from George Fox University (B.A.), Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (D.Min.)."
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
On the other hand, there are some serious flaws in this work which I found interfered with my enjoyment of it. For example, Dr. Horner refers to 'Judeo-centric premillennialism' in the pre-Reformation period (which he covers in just over a page) without citing any examples. Since other scholars have demonstrated that Patristic premillennialism was every bit as guilty of replacement theology as Patristic amillennialism, Horner needs to prove his point. "We shall see..." he says, but what we see is post-Reformation authors It must be proven, not assumed, that those authors represent a stream that goes back before the Reformation. I welcomed Dr. Horner's expose of the platonic nature of the common understanding of heaven, but as he applied everything to the Millennium, I was left wondering what Dr. Horner thinks will come after the Millennium. Surely not a Platonic heaven!!!
Horner tends to ignore anti-Jewish statements by his own (pre-millennial) side, while I found no evidence that he had read, or was even aware of, David Brown's works that deal with the subject. In general his documentation of anti-Jewish bias in amillennial authors and in the wider Church is good, but he lets his own side off too easily.
Oh, and the indices are a total pain. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason as to whether a name is placed in the author or subject index. And a line seems to be missing from the Justin Martyr entry in the index (as opposed to the 'Martyr, Justin' entry, which refers to a page not referenced under 'Justin Martyr' for some reason).
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A poor tirade against Reformed a-mill using Jesuit influenced Dispensational Zionism . That the "Israel" of God is the Church (Spiritual Israel) is clearly and Biblical set... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by pemsbooks
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