“The Bible clearly reveals the significance of ethnic/national Israel in God’s purposes. But history shows that the church has often gotten God’s plans for Israel terribly wrong. Forsaking Israel is a helpful and much needed book that shows how erroneous views of Israel started and continued. It is rich in historical and theological content but readable for all interested in this issue. While much confusion on Israel has occurred, this work by the faculty of Shepherds Theological Seminary is part of the solution for recovering the biblical view. It is a book I recommend, and I will go back to it over and over again.”
Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, The Master’s Seminary
“In reading this collection of essays, principally by Larry Pettegrew, Research Professor of Theology at Shepherds Theological Seminary, I am rather deeply impressed by the quality of the scholarship that spans detailed historical research,
exegetical acuity, and contextual (sociological) awareness. What is found here is a defense of the premillennial and dispensational reading of Holy Scripture, as well as an argument against a stridently covenantal approach. While disagreement is inevitable, I found this to be the best explanation of recent vintage of the position these authors are attempting to perpetuate. It is my hope that it will lead to a more fruitful dialogue among contrastive approaches to reading the Bible that will prove beneficial to the church regardless of one’s interpretative approach to Israel and the Church. I found the work extremely helpful and commend it with enthusiasm.”
John D. Hannah, Ph.D., Research Professor of Theological Studies,
Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary
“Within the Body of Christ, tremendous debate persists concerning the ongoing calling of Israel within the redemptive plans of God. While many claims that this matter is peripheral to the Gospel, in truth, it is quite central. As history testifies, where Christians stand theologically on this matter directly affects how they relate to Israel and the Jewish people. Having failed miserably so many times through history, the Church cannot afford to repeat its sins of the past. Also at stake is the very character of God. Does the God of the Bible keep is promises or not? Is He faithful or is He not? This important book will contribute greatly toward bringing clarity on this critical subject matter to discerning Christians—particularly at a time in history when the evils of Jew-hatred are once more spreading throughout the world like a satanic cancer. Forsaking Israel is a critical book for this hour.”
Joel Richardson, NYT bestselling author, author of When a Jew Rules the World, speaker, film-maker, and missions advocate.
“Theology is never done in a vacuum. It emerges over time out of biblical study and a particular historical context. Larry Pettegrew and the faculty of Shepherds Theological Seminary have done an excellent job of tracing the historical-theological background that brought about the emergence of supersessionism in covenant theology. The place of Israel within God’s divine plan is a defining question whose answer affects not only eschatology, but almost every other aspect of systematic theology as well. With a scholarly, yet irenic spirit, the authors have capably defended the consistent literal-historical-grammatical hermeneutics of dispensationalism while also tracing the weaknesses and issues inherent in covenant theology. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to understand how and why replacement theology has emerged with its conclusions regarding Israel and why the more biblically satisfying answer is found in dispensationalism.”
Richard P. Bargas, D.Min., Executive Director, IFCA International
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