He accomplishes this in such a way as to provide a guide for preaching and teaching the OT.
July 9, in Book Reviews Tags: Israel, the Church, and the Middle East: A Biblical Response to the Current Conflict. To the Jew First: In the introduction to this new volume of thirteen essays, the editors point out the relationship between the Church and Israel has been a source of passionate debate for much of church history.
Old Testament promises of restoration were more or less spiritualized as descriptions of the present church; Israel as a people had no future hopes.
The development of dispensationalism in the nineteenth century was in part a response this theology. Modern American evangelicalism has embraced modern Israel, although this may be a result of conservative politics more than the remnants of dispensationalism. In some political circles it is fashionable to be critical of the modern state of Israel and in some theological circles it is equally fashionable to dismiss support for modern Israel and wild-eyed dispensational fantasies like the Left Behind sort.
The first two parts of the book cover biblical and theological foundations. Each of the authors in these two sections of the book are well-known evangelical scholars associated with major evangelical seminaries.
Based on his analysis of the Abrahamic covenant, Averbeck believes the land promises made to Abraham are irrevocable. The most successful, Yarbrough suggests, is the metaphor of a four act play: The details of the story matter, and the details, for Yarbrough, include the language of covenants, the promise of an earthly messiah, two messianic advents, a clear offer of a kingdom by the Jewish messiah Jesus, and as yet unfulfilled promises to Israel concerning land, worship and a messianic era.
Michael Rydelnik picks up on the issue of unfulfilled land promises and argues the New Testament is consistent with the Old and reaffirms the idea God gave the land of Israel to the people of Israel forever Rydelnik examines several sayings of Jesus which imply a future restoration to the land, a future temple and a future kingdom ruled by the messiah.
He deals with two difficult Pauline passages, Galatians 3: Blaising attempts to chart a course between these two views which he calls Redemption Kingdom Theology RKT, formerly known as progressive dispensationalism.
Since the Gentiles in the Old Testament were never excluded from the eschatological kingdom, the church is not excluded from the promises to Israel.
He sees a statement like the Kairos Palestine Document as politically motivated and creates an environment which destroys the possibility of unity between evangelical Palestinians and Messianic Jews. No dialogue is possible when one side is only described as the victim, while the other side is an aggressor in need of restraint During the Patristic Era these events were viewed as divine judgments on the Jewish people.
The bulk of the article traces a thin thread of restorationism present in the church until the rise of evangelism of the Jews in the eighteenth century and the rise of dispensationalism in the nineteenth century.
The first two of the three essays in the third part of the book deal with two lesser known movements. Soref is the president of One for Israel, a non-profit organization based in Neyanya, Israel. Although there are challenges to the Messianic Jews in modern Israel, Soref sees the movement as growing, there are approximately messianic Jewish congregations in Israel today.
Tom Doyle looks at the modern Palestinian Church within Israel. He points out there have been Arab believers since Pentecost Act 2: Yet his point stands, there has been a presence of Christians among the people of the Middle East since the earliest days of the church, including Jews, Arabs, Syrians, Egyptians, etc.
This requires a short survey of several texts in Isaiah which look forward to the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles, but also a close examination of the key text for this entire collection of essays, Romans Israel is still responsible for basic human rights in the region.
Finally, in part four of the book, three essays examine current challenges to peace in Israel. He believes a proper biblical view would lead to a genuine love of Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab alike Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. is the Colman M.
Mockler distinguished Professor of Old Testament and President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Commentaries on Malachi. A list of the best commentaries on Malachi ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users.
You can find the best commentary on Malachi for you using the . Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (born April 11, ) is an American evangelical Old Testament scholar, writer, public speaker, and educator.
Kaiser is the Colman M. Mockler distinguished Professor of Old Testament and former President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, retired June 30, Featuring essays by a host of colleagues and former students, such as Graham A.
Cole, Bruce A. Ware, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Robert L. Saucy, and John F. Kilner, this anthology stands as a testament to Feinberg’s enduring legacy and theological acumen.
Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning, by Walter C. Kaiser and Moisés Silva, published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in (ISBN , Kindle edition), has been a fun and illuminating read.
Get this from a library! Toward Old Testament ethics. [Walter C Kaiser, Jr.].