In 2009 Dr Calvin Smith, principal of the Kings Evangelical Divinity School, edited the first edition of 'The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supersessionism'. That first edition was a much needed and well received resource for those who wished to explore the subject matter in a balanced, biblical and non-polemical manner. Perhaps my main grumble with the original volume was that I wished for more. This revised version certainly addresses that wish expanding the original 164 page volume to 380 pages.
Included here is existing material from the first edition [approx 30-40% by my estimate] plus new material, all written by significant authors from within the realms of academia. Yet this is no 'ivory tower' collection of theological musings but a very readable, nuanced and balanced set of essays touching upon many aspects of the current debate. On this basis the book would serve both the lay Christian wishing to inform himself of the issues involved and also the serious student wishing to explore the topic in greater depth.
The revised edition of The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supersessionism continues to move the debate forward, attempting to find the middle way between extreme Zionism on the one hand and anti-Israelism on the other.
This book edited by Calvin L Smith (Principal of Kings Evangelical Divinity School) substantially covers all the essential issues, and will be a rich resource for the Evangelical community, and should be warmly welcomed.
The book has four main sections and all of the contributing scholars are very balanced as they map out the entire history of Supersessionism, from the Postapostolic period to the present day investigating the issue in light of the Church, the Bible and the Jewish people today.
This intelligent, biblically-based, politically perceptive and fair-minded volume is essential to aid Christians to develop a balanced approach to this highly relevant and at times tumultuous topic, and this book will help all who read it in an open minded way to engage this topic in a biblically faithful way.