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Israel Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently about the People and the Land

Israel Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently about the People and the Land

by Gerald R. McDermott

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Widely respected theologian Gerald McDermott has spent two decades investigating the meaning of Israel and Judaism. What he has learned has required him to rethink many of his previous assumptions.

Israel Matters addresses the perennially important issue of the relationship between Christianity and the people and land of Israel, offering a unique and compelling "third way" between typical approaches and correcting common misunderstandings along the way. This book challenges the widespread Christian assumption that since Jesus came to earth, Jews are no longer special to God as a people, and the land of Israel is no longer theologically significant. It traces the author's journey from thinking those things to discovering that the New Testament authors believed the opposite of both. It also shows that contrary to what many Christians believe, the church is not the new Israel, and both the people and the land of Israel are important to God and the future of redemption.

McDermott offers an accessible but robust defense of a "New Christian Zionism" for pastors and laypeople interested in Israel and Christian-Jewish relations. His approach will also spark a conversation among theologians and biblical scholars.

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ISBN-13: 9781493406760
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He previously taught at Roanoke College and is an Anglican priest. McDermott is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including Famous Stutterers, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards, God's Rivals: Why Has God Allowed Different Religions?, Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?, World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction, and A Trinitarian Theology of Religions.

Table of Contents

1. Getting the Big Story Wrong
2. Does the New Testament Teach That the Church Is the New Israel?
3. Those Who Got It Right: A History of Christian Zionism Starting in the Second Century
4. Looking More Closely at the Old Testament: Salvation for the World through Israel
5. Looking More Closely at the New Testament: A Future for Both the People and the Land of Israel
6. Political Objections: What about the Palestinians?
7. Theological Objections: Is the First Covenant Obsolete?
8. If All This Is True, Then What?
9. Six Proposals
Appendix: Covenant and Land in the Old Testament

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