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Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged (New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology) [Hardcover]

By Barry E. Horner (Author) & E. Ray Clendenen (Editor)
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Item description for Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged (New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology) by Barry E. Horner & E. Ray Clendenen...

Horner examines the Bibles consistent pro-Judaic direction in this third volume in the New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology series for pastors, advanced Bible students, and other deeply committed laypersons.

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Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged "is volume three in the NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY STUDIES IN BIBLE & THEOLOGY (NACSBT) series for pastors, advanced Bible students, and other deeply committed laypersons.

Author Barry E. Horner writes to persuade readers concerning the divine validity of the Jew today (based on Romans 11:28), as well as the nation of Israel and the land of Palestine, in the midst of this much debated issue within Christendom at various levels. He examines the Bible's consistent pro-Judaic direction, namely a Judeo-centric eschatology that is a unifying feature throughout Scripture.

Not sensationalist like many other writings on this constantly debated topic, "Future Israel "is instead notably exegetical and theological in its argumentation. Users will find this an excellent extension of the long-respected NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY.

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Studio: B&H Academic
Pages   394
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.31" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
Series  New American Commentary Studies   
Series Number  3  
ISBN  0805446273  
ISBN13  9780805446272  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barry E. Horner is pastor of Christ's New Covenant Church in Tucson, Arizona, and maintains a Web site devoted to the study of John Bunyan. He holds degrees from George Fox University (B.A.), Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (D.Min.)."

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Future Israel  Apr 6, 2010
This is a great book, somewhat long but my main issue isit is not just the future of Israel that gives reason for 'Christian' Anti-Judaism to end. Nevertheless it is an important work and should be read by everyone.
God sends them strong delusion so that they believe what is false  Jan 25, 2010
This is another wicked deception which the Judeo-Churchian system puts out in favor of the saved-by-race thesis of the Talmud of the Pharisees as reflected in Churchianity.

It is most unfortunate that John MacArthur endorsed this propaganda, but in dealing with this please keep in mind the words of Scripture and be at peace: "The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12.

If you refuse to love the truth, and if you take pleasure in unrighteousness, "Future Israel" is the book for you.

Jew-worship is poisonous to Judaics as well as everyone else. They are saved only through faith in Jesus Christ. Their supposed racial patrimony availeth them not, especially in light of recent scholarship which shows that the vast majority of contemporary so-called "Jews" are not descended of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but of the Khazars (cf. Prof. Shlomo Sand of Tel Aviv University, "The Invention of the Jewish People," and Paul Wexler's "The Ashkenazic Jews"). Hence, the concept of salvation through supposed sacred status as carnal Israel is a double dead-end and a form of Jew-hate since it gives false hope to those who fantasize that they are Jews, but are not (Rev. 2:9; 3:9).

Gross misrepresentation of a few lines in the writings of the Apostle Paul cannot nullify the words of John the Baptist, "Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 3:9-10)

What have been the fruits of Pharisaic (Talmudic) Judaism? It is wholly destructive of the Gospel, with numerous directives to persecute, destroy and lie about Christians. Mr. Horner's book would seem to be a tragic extension of that unholy stratagem of deception.

Michael Hoffman
Author of "Judaism Discovered"
Forceful case for a "pro-Jewish" Christian theology  Nov 24, 2009
Barry Horner, pastor and author, believes that the conservative Christian church of our day--in particular, the Reformed branch of that church, to which he belongs and with which he is most familiar--has mistakenly absorbed the false notion that the Christian church has replaced the nation of Israel as God's chosen people. Consequently, there is no longer a special place of blessing or privilege for the Jewish people or nation. This belief, "replacement theology," as it is called, became predominant in the early church by the fifth century, and was accepted and passed on by the early Protestant Reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin, as well as most of their successors. Horner contends that this teaching is non-biblical, and that it has led to historical anti-Semitism and its horrific consequences.

Having come to an appreciation of the Reformed faith by his own study and reading, Horner is convinced that strong exegetical arguments support the doctrines of grace. On the other hand, he says, the arguments supporting amillennialism and replacement theology do not share that strength; nor is replacement theology required by the Reformed doctrines of salvation. That being the case, he has maintained his premillennial beliefs, along with the belief that national Israel is still the "beloved enemy" of God and his people. He states that his particular study of Ezekiel, Hosea, Zechariah, and Romans has confirmed him in this opinion. Scattered throughout the book are lengthy discussions of these passages, along with substantial quotations from earlier sympathetic writers, such as Jonathan Edwards, David Baron, Horatius Bonar, C. H. Spurgeon, J. A. Seiss, H. C. G. Moule, J. C. Ryle, and C. E. B. Cranfield. He also produces statements that favor portions of his argument from such authors as J. B. Lightfoot, G. C. Berkouwer, and W. D. Davies.

Future Israel is organized fairly well; however, there is much repetition, and a more succinct case would, I think, be more effective. After a personal testimonial, Horner begins by quickly surveying the history of replacement theology, starting particularly in the time of Augustine. Christian hostility to Judaism and the Jewish people, Horner consistently maintains, was largely due to the replacement theology enshrined by Augustine in his City of God. The Christian church is the kingdom of God promised in the covenants of the Old Testament; the unbelieving Jews have no part in the covenants now; nor does the future hold any promise of a national restoration.

Over a hundred pages follow in which Horner traces the history of anti-Semitism in Europe and the New World. He spends much time showing the connection between replacement theology and the anti-Jewish stance of European Catholics and Protestants, including the extreme statements of Martin Luther. These attitudes helped set the stage, not only in Germany, but throughout Europe for the general persecutions of the Jewish people for many centuries, and may have led to the complicity of many nominal Christians to their terrific sufferings in the Holocaust. He also traces the history of the Zionist movement, the establishment of Israel, its relations with various types of Christians, and its threats from fanatical Islamic states. He points out that evangelical Christians, especially premillennial ones, have been the best friends of Israel.

The central portion of the book deals with hermeneutics, the interpretation of Scripture, especially as it touches upon the relation of the Jewish people and nation to prophecy and the church in our dispensation. Horner particularly summarizes the anti-Jewish nature of much of this hermeneutics, as it spiritualizes and allegorizes promises to the nation, while it treats the judgments and condemnations literally. A more consistent hermeneutic will recognize both the material and the spiritual nature of the promises to Israel.

Horner then builds his positive case for a "pro-Jewish" theology. He discusses several passages of Scripture, especially Romans 9-11 and its Old Testament links, arguing that the land of Israel is still promised to the Jewish nation. As he examines these key passages, he interacts with representatives of replacement theology. I believe chapters 9-11 are the theological heart of Horner's book. Although in their unbelief they have been scattered across the globe, God still recognizes them as his chosen people, and promises to restore them to faith and possession of their land. In the mean time, Christians should recognize them as "beloved enemies" (Rom 11:28). Just as we might regard unsaved members of our own families, so we should regard unsaved Jewish people. We have been grafted into the stock of Israel; all Israelites are our "brothers" in that sense; they belong to our adopted family; we need to witness to them in love, and pray for and work for their salvation.

The final chapter is an appeal to Christians to recognize our position as the "prodigal son" in Jesus' parable, but that, when the Jewish nation returns to faith in the last days, the positions will be reversed. At that point, we should not be reluctant to receive the believing Jews back into their own family. As Paul says in Romans 11, we should not boast against the cut-off branches. He concludes with encouraging examples of effective Jewish evangelism.

Several appendices add valuable content to the book. Two of them deal with the theologies of Jonathan Edwards and J. C. Ryle as they relate to the Jewish nation. The third discusses grace and law, as related to the Abrahamic covenant. The fourth summarizes the writings of Melanie Phillips, a British journalist and author of Londonistan, who relates the growing anti-Semitism in the Church of England to replacement theology and the growing power of Islamic militancy. The final appendix is a lengthy annotated bibliography of books related to this topic--a very helpful list. The book also contains three indices, for authors, subjects, and Scriptural references.

Being a Reformed premillennialist myself, I find much in Horner's book with which I agree. I think his discussion of Romans 11 is especially helpful. Also, I was not aware of the extent of anti-Semitism in the history of the Christian church, even in its Protestant branches. When learning in seminary of the work of Luther, for example, I heard no mention of his virulent attacks on Jewish people and their liberties.

I do have a couple criticisms. While not being too specific, it appears that Horner believes that the system of Jewish worship in the Old Testament will be reestablished in the future millennium. I believe that this idea is not necessary, that the promises of that restitution were conditional in that time. Since Jesus Christ's sacrifice, there is no need to reestablish animal sacrifices and the related worship. Horner seems aware that his position could be classified as dispensational, but he does not clearly define what he means by that term, and whether he includes himself in that category. He does not discuss eschatological details that might clearly indicate dispensationalism, such as the timing of the rapture. It would have been helpful for him to show the relation of his opinions to these well established systems. This is especially true if he desires to harmonize Reformed theology with premillennialism and a positive attitude toward the Jewish nation.

Another criticism is that he seems to judge the truth of a doctrine on the basis of whether or not it is "pro-Jewish" or "anti-Jewish." It the doctrine under investigation results in hostility to the Jewish nation, then it must be false. A stronger argument is whether or not the doctrine is based on solid exegesis. The results of a doctrine, especially if that doctrine can be abused, do not prove its truth or falsity. The Israelites were to exterminate the Canaanites; that does not mean the revelation given to them by God was false. Replacement theology, as such, does not require hostility to Jews or persecution of Jews; rather, it was abused to lead to those evils. In a similar way, the fact that a doctrine makes it harder to witness to Jews is not proof that the doctrine is wrong. Horner does make a good point, that Paul and other in the Bible are "pro-Jewish" in their sentiments and approach.

In spite of these criticisms, I believe the main purpose of the book is well achieved. The exegetical discussions of the biblical passages are helpful; the history of the relation of the church to the Jewish people is enlightening; and the exhortations to love and witness to our "older brothers" are inspiring.
Non Sense  Jul 8, 2009
I bought this book because I know the author personally, and because John Macarthur said that it was one of the best books he had read. So let me see, if I am not a pretribulation millennialist and believe that 67% of the Jews are going to be slaughter before the millennium (during the tribulation) I am a Jew hater. This author is a pre Obama man.He creates an extreme situation and then comes in the middle with his views which he presents as Biblical and reasonable and show how main stream he is. Dispesationalism is Christian aberration of the Scriptures and I feel sorry for those that are in it, dispensationalism has nothing to commend it and much less books like this. This is the type of book that when you put it down you can't pick it up again. So if you are going to read it read it in one sitting as I did. Better yet do not waste your time.
A Mature Reflection on the Canonical Place of Israel  Mar 19, 2009
This is a unique and useful book for several reasons. Barry Horner is no Christian dispensationalist. One might expect him to share the supersessionist views of many Reformed writers. He does not. His theology is brilliantly Christian and yet is able to integrate the canonical role of Israel. By canonical I mean the over-arching story of the whole Bible. The way some Christians explain God's plan virtually ignorning Israel's past, present, and future role, is disturbing. People who read the Bible without doctrinal presuppositions that Israel is obsolete and replaced by the church always conclude from the Old and New Testament that Israel has a continuing role.

A word to Steven Pospisil whose review on here really is ludicrous:
Your comment is so one-sided it is hilarious. A non-reader of the Bible would assume you are presenting all the information. You are not. You say, "nowhere in scripture does it speak of two plans for the Jews and the Gentiles." Have you read Acts? There is a mission to the Jews (Peter, James) and to the Gentiles (Paul). You may assume the distinction died after the book of Acts but that would be an assumption. Further, Romans 11:2, 25-29, suggests that Israel remains the elect people of God. This in no way conflicts with the Bible's insistence that Jesus is Messiah and faith in him is needed for redemption. Good theologies can integrate complex issues and don't need to ignore polarities.

Derek Leman

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