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Israel and the Church in Dispensationalism (Robert Thomas)

Israel and the Church 4 ViewsWe are working through B&H’s Perspectives on Israel and the Church: 4 Views. See my introduction and other posts in this series.

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Responding to Covenant Theology on Israel and the Church

Israel and the Church 4 ViewsIn the last post, I summarized Robert Reymond’s Covenant Theology viewpoint in B&H’s Perspectives on Israel and the Church: 4 Views. This post presents the there responses to his chapter.

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What is the Relationship of Israel and the Church?

A while ago I reviewed Continuity & Discontinuity, which had the unique feature of presenting varying positions on the relationship of the Old and New Testaments in key areas including hermeneutics, the Law, salvation, and the fulfillment of OT promises.

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Is Mark 13 About Jesus’ Impending Death and Resurrection?

Caravaggio_-_The_Incredulity_of_Saint_ThomasSo far in our series on Mark 13, we have seen three different approaches. One is to switch back and forth from AD70 to the Second Coming, and the other two either push the text into the past or into the future. Each view has the same difficulty: verses don’t want to fit!

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Is Mark 13 About Only The Second Coming?

Ravenna-San-Vitale-famous-mosaic-ItalyAs noted in the opening post, one difficulty with interpreting Mark 13 is that some verses appear to refer to Jesus’ near future, but others to the distant future. Stein embraced this tension by seeing Jesus as switching back and forth from near to far future. Wright and France attempted to resolve the tension by pulling the passage – or most of it – into the past. Another solution is to do the opposite and push the entire text into the distant future and see Jesus as speaking entirely of the events leading up to the Second Coming

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Review: High King of Heaven by Dean Davis

The-High-King-of-HeavenIt is said that religion should never be discussed at dinner parties. For a party of Christians, perhaps eschatology would substitute.  There is nothing quite like eschatology, a complicated and controversial topic, to ruin potential unity. Conviction and confidence are inadequate; this discussion cannot survive without humility. This needed humility is striking in Dean Davis’ The High King of Heaven. Davis begins, “as fools long to play Hamlet, so I longed to write a short definitive book on biblical eschatology. I blush to present you with the results” (xiii). This is no doubt due to the fact that this sentence appears in a 700+ page book! However, Davis has achieved something quite remarkable here, in that The High King of Heaven is an astoundingly amiable and accessible book on eschatology.

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