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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805449728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805449723
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Michael J. Vlach is professor of Theology at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, California. He holds degrees from the University of Nebraska (B.S.), The Master's Seminary (M.Div.), and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.).


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8cc2b0fc) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
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HASH(0x8ca6c9c0) out of 5 stars Responsible treatment of a volatile topic 24 Mar. 2011
By C. Barlow - Published on Amazon.com
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As you can tell from one reviewer writing a book about a book, this is a volatile subject about which Christians disagree at a visceral level. My point is not to attack or defend the author's conclusions but to appreciate the integrity with which he approaches his subject. I attend a church which has the opposing view. In a world where mudslinging, even in the church, is accepted and normal, Dr. Michael Vlach has risen above that to write a responsible defense for the idea that the church is distinct from Israel. My pastor disagrees. If you are weary of reading polemic theologians, Dr. Vlach's writing style will be welcome relief, whether you agree with him or not. Able gentlemen like him help those of us who are caught in the middle work through these issues and I am grateful for this kind of help.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ccbceac) out of 5 stars Is the Church Israel? No. 10 Mar. 2012
By SnickerdoodleSarah - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great resource for anyone doing a study on the identity of Israel in the New Testament, as I was doing. It's also a good critique of supersessionism/fulfillment theology/covenant theology. Vlach starts off by giving you the background of the view that the Church replaces Israel, or rather, the view that the church fulfills the role that racial Israel was supposed to fulfill but failed. Most of these people seem to believe along the lines of what Luther argued, "...the Jews are no longer Israel, for all things are to be new, and Israel must become new." Vlach evaluates their hermeneutics, and critiques their proof passages. One such passage is Galatians 6:16, here is an excerpt: "A second argument against the supersessionist understanding of Gal 6:16 is based on the context of the letter. Paul is defending the concept of salvation by grace through faith against the error of the Judaizers who held that circumcision contributed to salvation. In doing this, Paul singles out Christian Jews in Galatia who correctly believed the gospel of grace and did not follow the error of the Judaizers. Paul, thus, commends these Christian Jews and calls them the 'Israel of God.' As Johnson puts it, ''What more fitting thing could Paul write ,it is said, in a work so strongly attacking Jewish professing believers, the Judaizers, than to make it most plain that he was not attacking the true believing Jews. Judaizers are anathematized, but the remnant according to the election of grace are 'the Israel of God.'"

And again, on Ephesians 2:11-22, "The fact that Gentiles have gone from being 'far off' to 'near,' or from excluded' to 'not excluded,' does not mean they have assumed the identity of Israel. Second, if Paul wanted to say that believing Gentiles were now part of Israel, he could have said that, but he did not. Paul will say that God has made both believing Jews and Gentiles 'one' (2:14) and 'one new man,' but he carefully avoids the title 'Israel.'.....(Quoting C. B. Hoch Jr.)'..They do not become Israel; they share with Israel.'"

Perhaps my favorite parts, were where he pointed out that, although there certainly are shadows and types in the Old Testament, the people of Israel were neither of those things, nor were the promises of material things, like land. Quoting Feinberg, " unconditional promises are not shadows, nor are the people to whom they are given." And also, where he pointed out that material things are not evil, "...we should not assume that physical things are inherently unspiritual. The physical universe God created was deemed 'very good' (Gen 1:31), not something that needed to be escaped or transcended. We should not assume that things like land, temples, and nations are unspiritual. Nor should we think that such things must necessarily be types or pictures of greater spiritual realities in some Platonic fashion."

I have so many quotations, I could go on and on...but then that would defeat the purpose of you buying the book. I'll end with one more quote, "Contrary to the supersessionist position, it is not God's intention for everyone who believes to become part of 'Israel.' Through Abraham, the nation Israel was created as a vehicle to bring blessings to 'all the families of the earth'(Gen 12:2-3), but it has never been God's intent to make everyone who believes 'Israel.' Israel, through the ultimate Israelite, Jesus Christ, is the means for worldwide blessing, but Israel is not an end in itself."
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cbc6fb4) out of 5 stars Good and not replaceable work 18 Nov. 2013
By SLIMJIM - Published on Amazon.com
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Has the church replaced Israel? This is a controversial question and a fitting title for a book that addresses this question with “no.” I enjoyed this treatment on Supersessionism, also known as Replacement Theology. Some believe the name “replacement theology” for Supersessionism is inappropriate but the author Michael Vlach does a good job at the outset of the book demonstrating how proponents of Supersessionism themselves have used that term interchangeably. Prior to reading the book I have heard that the author’s doctoral work was on Supersessionism and I suspect some of his dissertation must have been carried over into the book. From what I understand, the advisors for his doctoral work weren’t all dispensationalists which probably helped sharpened his argument. I found this book devastating to the position of Supersessionism. I appreciated Vlach being conscious of theological methods in his evaluation of Supersessionism especially with my favorite portion of the book, part three, where he evaluates the hermeneutics of Supersessionism. Vlach notes that it is not enough to show added referents (Gentiles) to Old Testament promises to the Jews since this does not logically demonstrate the church has replaced Israel. Even before Vlach evaluate the passages that Supersessionists offer (part four), his hermeneutics portion of the book has already laid down the principle in refuting Supersessionism’s appeal to certain passages. For those who are into historical theology, they will also enjoy Vlach’s discussion of Supersessionism throughout church history, which he devotes over fifty pages to. I highly recommend this book to all because of Vlach’s ability to nuance the other side and also for the book’s clarity, organization and positive and negative argument for non-Supersessionism.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb4adec) out of 5 stars long overdue 18 Feb. 2013
By Robert Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is sooo long overdue. It's the best ever defense AND positive presentation of of Gods' plan for Israel. God has NOT cast them off permanently. They are still in the promised covenants. This author is no slouch when it comes to research. He exegetes each text to the max & demonstrates The Amillennialist & post millennialist errors. Excellent reasoning with scripture. A very needed book as the premil position has been berated ---- BUT NO MORE. He references Fruchtenbaum on 'Israelology' Which is also an excellent treatise on Gods' unfulfilled (as yet) promises to Israel in His covenants. Excellent book. Gives you the answers for the skeptics that heretofore were absent. Get ready to be blessed if you like to reason. He is very methodical without grandiose statements. Level headed , calm & possesses cool reasoning in the scriptures. LONG OVERDUE, BUT HERE NOW. He gave me Biblical answers for the skeptics. Read it hungeringly & you will be blessed. Jesus IS coming again & His plan includes The Nation Israel. Even so come Lord Jesus!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd200b4) out of 5 stars Evalulating Hermeneutics 6 Aug. 2014
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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A very clear, concise,and easy to read book. Valch accurately represents both replacement and dispensational theology. Instead of showing the arguments for each, he goes straight to the heart of the issue that differentiates between the two which is the hermeneutics. This is important because it doesn't matter what a person's arguments are if they interprets them differently. He explains how each side interprets the Bible differently. He then goes to evaluate the hermeneutics fo each. Valch Shows key passages which cause replacement theologians to interpret the Bible differently and evaluates their exegesis.
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