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Israel Matters

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Israel Matters

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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About "Israel Matters"

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.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Gerald R Mcdermott

Gerald R. McDermott (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is professor of religion and philosophy at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. His books include Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?; God's Rivals, Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and Their Loved Ones (with William A. Fintel, M.D.; Baker); One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Penn State Press); Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology; Enlightenment Religion and Non-Christian Faiths (Oxford University Press); Seeing God: Twelve Reliable Signs of True Spirituality (republished by Regent in 2000) and Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate (Brazos). He is also a Teaching Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church.

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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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  • Catalogue Code 482553
  • Product Code 9781493406760
  • ISBN 1493406760
  • EAN 9781493406760
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date May 2017
  • Sales Rank #13861
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No
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