Review: In the interest of full disclosure, I went into this book as a progressive dispensationalist, so I fully expected to find myself in agreement with much of what was said in this book.
Not only did I find myself agreeing with the vast majority of this book, but most of the essays filled in the gaps of my knowledge. My hat is off to Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser's editorial skills. The book follows a natural progression and for the most part, every single essay rises to a rather high scholarly level.
The People, The Land, and the Future of Israel, coincides with a 2013 conference of the same name. In fact, each chapter features multiple "QR codes" and website links to video presentations and testimonies from the conference. This makes the incredibly robust book even more informative.
The essays are separated into four categories: Hebrew Scriptures; New Testament; Hermeneutics, Theology and Church History; Practical Theology. I appreciated this grouping because it tells a narrative as the data from the Torah through the present day is examined. Over and over Israel and the Jewish people are affirmed throughout the Scriptures as God's covenant people. The Church has not replaced Israel - even though there have been long periods of time where believers thought this to be true.
Additionally, the authors and editors are careful to avoid losing focus on the biblical narrative. Over and over again, The People and The Land are portrayed as chosen because of God's character. Because of God's faithfulness to his people.
Even in a scholarly context, it is beautiful to see God's unconditional hesed portrayed.
Some of the essays are more interesting than others. Some are more engaging. A few fell flat. Overall,
The People, The Land, and the Future of Israel is a great resource for understanding Israel's central place in God's plan... both in the past and the future.
Rating: 4.5/5 (I loved it)
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