- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Kings Divinity Press (5 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956200605
- ISBN-13: 978-0956200600
- Package Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,869,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians Paperback – 5 May 2009
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About the Author
Calvin L. Smith (Ph.D., University of Birmingham) is Principal of King's Evangelical Divinity School and Editor of the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics. He is also a tutor for several British universities. His main research and teaching fields are Christianity in Latin America, Christian responses to Israel and Christianity in the Holy Land, and biblical theology. He speaks widely on Israel and is currently writing a book exploring Christianity in the Holy Land for publication with Paternoster in 2010. Further details of Calvin Smith's activities and previous publications are available on his faculty page at King's Evangelical Divinity School.
Other contributors to the volume are Andy Cheung, Jacob Prasch, Dr Stephen M. Vantassel, Howard Taylor, Dr Paul Wilkinson and Tony Pearce. Biographical details for each contributor are available on the book's website. The book also includes a foreword by Mitch Glaser (President, Chosen People Ministries) and Mark S. Sweetnam (Research Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin).
Top Customer Reviews
I am only part-way through reading it, but am pleased to say that it succeeds on every count, and I have no hesitation in awarding it five stars.
(1) It is broad - the authors come from a wide range of church backgrounds and theological positions. This shows that a positive view of Israel and the Jewish people is a mainstream approach that is not confined to a minority of christians (who are often falsely condemned as extremists).
(2) It is deep - there is no proof-texting or shallow arguments. The authors are mostly academic theologians who carefully analyse what the Bible says. Their conclusions are robust and will stand up to the most rigorous scrutiny.
(3) It is balanced - all viewpoints are carefully considered, and the authors are not afraid to criticise the Christian Zionist movement when appropriate. Unbiblical views such as dual covenant theology and an uncritical attitude towards the state of Israel are explicitly rejected.
(4) It is gracious - the authors have avoided polemic language and personal attacks. Their views are expressed in a gentle and considered fashion which does them great credit, especially given the contentious nature of the subject.
(5) It is accessible - technical terms are avoided and it can read by anyone. It can be understood by a lay person yet is also sufficiently detailed to be of value to church leaders and the academic world.Read more ›
I suggest it is Vantassel and Wilkinson who come closest to the solution, by reason of their proximity to the Puritan theologians who possess clarity of sight of the skeleton of scripture.Read more ›