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Overview Is the modern state of Israel the fulfillment of ancient prophecy? Are Jewish people saved by virtue of being God's chosen people? These important questions affect our theology, evangelism, missions-even our politics. Palmer Robertson carefully and clearly takes us to the Bible to answer these and other questions. His masterful exegesis of Hebrews 7 and Romans 11 alone are worth the price of this book
Publishers Description A noted Old Testament scholar offers this vivid look at Israel -- its land, people, worship, lifestyles, and future -- with special attention to questions about the current and future Israeli state.
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2000
Publisher P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN 0875523986 ISBN13 9780875523989
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More About O. Palmer Robertson
O. Palmer Robertson is the director and principal of Africa Bible College, Uganda. He previously taught at Reformed Westminster, Covenant, and Knox Theological Seminaries.
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superb! Israel according to biblical theology. Jan 28, 2007
Israel according to a study of biblical theology by a biblical theologian. Done with sanity and a very careful handling of scripture. A bit of work to get through, but it is a must if one is to be well rounded in the study of Israel and the bible. This may be just about the best and most scripturally accurate and careful work on the subject I have read.
Why continue to be deceived? Jun 28, 2006
Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins, and others in the Pre-Trib circle, such as Ed Hindson, Tommy Ice, Chuck Missler, Zola Levitt, Thomas McCall, John Hagee, Grant Jeffrey, Marlin Maddox, Perry Stone, Texe Marrs, John Walvoord (deceased), etc., continue to put forth the same deceptions that Hal Lindsey popularized decades ago. The notion of a pre-tribulation rapture is foreign to scripture, it is foreign to the teachings of the early Church, and it is grooming the Church for destruction through ignorance and lack of preparation for what is really coming. These men are novices and not prophecy "experts" or "scholars" by any stretch of the imagination; they are those who tickle the ears of gullible Christians. Why continue to be deceived? Tim Cohen, in his excellent book, "The AntiChrist and a Cup of Tea," provides biblically sound and testable evidence to show that the coming AntiChrist is known NOW. Not only that, the same author (Tim Cohen) has now put out the strongest presentation on the whole issue of the rapture EVER offered to the saints of God in Christ: "The REAL Rapture". If you really want to know the truth about the timing of the coming rapture, then you need to hear Tim Cohen's "The REAL Rapture" (based on a volume in his forthcoming "Messiah, History, and the Tribulation Period" series (see Prophecy House's site for details on these items, which are also available via this site).
Great Book! ... 5 Stars!! May 4, 2006
The Christian Church is indeed the true Israel of God. It's what the bible is all about. O. Palmer Robertson is correct on all counts.
The word "Israel" was first used when God changed Jacob's name to "Israel", meaning "a man conquered, or who strives with God". That is why a true "Israelite" is someone who comes to God by FAITH in HIS promises and through JESUS CHRIST. Not someone who is merely of the physical Descent, or bloodlines. This is what God ALWAYS meant by "Israelite", even in the Old Testament.
It is not 'Replacement Theology' as so many uniformed people love to call it-----it is actually 'Continuance Theology'.
I'm glad that O. Palmer Robertson wrote this book, and I cheer on anyone else who attempts to educate Christians with these truths.
It's high time Christians stood up and faced down the foolish liberal theology of Dispensationalism. Yes, LIBERAL. This ridiculous theology (Dispensationalism) only came into being as recently as the early 1800's. It is NOT fundamental, nor is it conservative. It is the complete opposite, and the so-called 'Evangelical Christians' of today need to realize this. Hopefully Mr. Robertson with this book has made some headway in this regard. I rate this 5 stars.....10 if it were possible.
(I rated it 5 stars but the page didn't load properly and somehow it was changed to 2 stars, which is not the rating I gave it, so ignore the 2 star rating if they haven't fixed it)
Stimulating & serious, flawed by neglect of Puritan writing. Sep 14, 2005
O. Palmer Robertson has won wide critical acclaim for his seminal examination of the Divine Covenants, `The Christ of the Covenants', and recently for his work `the Christ of the Prophets'. His evangelical credentials are solid. This makes his trenchant assertion in this work, that unbelieving Israel's return to her land is unforeseen by Scripture (p 194) and one which `may be expected to perish, as all other nations have perished in due time' (p112) all the more chilling.
The `Israel of God' examines changes in the concept of Israel between the testaments. He devotes chapters to the land, the people, their worship, pilgrim lifestyle and especially its kingdom. He concludes with an exposition of Romans 11 and then crystallises the book with 12 propositions. It is a studious and detailed work. He repeatedly denies advocating `replacement theology'. He helpfully refutes a dispensational view of Israel, always parallel to but persistently separate from the church, and for which a future return to Levitical forms of worship is legitimate. His main burden is to demonstrate that by fulfilling the Sinaitic shadows and types, Christ has irreversibly broken down the partition between Jew and Gentile. Jesus the Messiah is the only valid priest and sacrifice. To this, most Christian readers will heartily concur.
The problem arises from the conflation of Abrahamic and Sinatic covenants derived from his earlier work. This is especially evident in his handling of the land promise, which he treats as merely a covenant shadow (p13). He compares the belief that Israel's land should remain the focus of the covenant of grace, to an expectation that the shadow of the brass serpent on the stake, or Jacob's ladder might be replaced by a bigger and better one (p5,6)! This is to confuse the substance of the promise with the signs that accompany it, an error we would not expect from a theologian of his stature. Did the birth of the Messiah resulted in the disappearance of Isaac from Heaven? Isaac was the down payment of the promise of a seed. He was the beginning of the substance of the promise, not merely a sign to be dispensed with.
In a similar vein, he dismisses expectation of a return to the land as similar to expectation of a restoration of the Temple and its sacrifices (p17), a dismal event heralding only the end. This is to confuse the grace Covenant with Abraham, which stands as the foundation stone of the Gospel (Rom.4.3, Gal.3.14) with the law Covenant at Sinai, which was clothed in the symbols of an ineffective Levitical mediation. The land was the focus of the covenant promise to the patriarch, as much as the seed. It was to the land, as Robertson concedes (p.23) to which all three patriarchs and Joseph committed their dust. Why? if their expectation was only Heavenly? Is it not because the land belongs by merit to our Emmanuel (Isa.8.8,10)? It is a special down payment for the whole cosmos (Rom.4.13). Whilst all will agree that Israel's land was to the patriarchs a token of Heavenly realities, it also remains an inalienable necessity to unbelieving Israel's nationhood.
To dismiss the land focus of God's gracious covenant with Abraham as a shadow that has already flown, is to discount the numerous prophecies of a NT restoration of the Jews to statehood, in which the Puritans and their heirs so delighted, e.g. Jer.31.35-7. It also paves the way for the growing Christian strain of anti-Zionism, a virulent and mutated form of anti-Semitism.
His handling of Ezekiel 37 is especially illuminating. Space forbids analysis, but it is impossible to squeeze into this prophecy the notion that Israel must repent before return. Given there must be some delay between the restoration and the repentance, are we not living in such days today? Should we not more ardently pray for that promised Wind to fall upon enfleshed but lifeless bones? Why then is the church growing faithless and high-minded towards national Israel? Why is she joining unbelievers in over harshly condemning Israel's acts on the partial foundation of international law, tilted by oil and religious interests? Is she not too in danger of despising the Law of God?
His exposition of Romans 11 will be easily critiqued by readers familiar with the weightier, historic commentators. He leans heavily on the flawed Aleph and B manuscripts by inserting a third `now' into v. 30-31. This enfeebles and enervates the glorious mystery of v 25, as Lloyd-Jones reminds us.
This work is a potent stimulant to critically ponder vital issues, issues likely to grow in importance and heat in the near future. It is contains welcome redress to the dispensationalism that too often dominates discussion of Israel's future. However this reviewer found himself sharply at odds with 5 of Robertson's concluding propositions (3-5 and 9 & 10).
An antidote for Dispensationalism Mar 28, 2003
Even though dispensationalism is mercifully on the wane, Christians should still understand what the Bible says about future times. Should we fix our eyes on Jesus? Or, should we fix our eyes on the nation of Israel as many of the self-proclaimed, money hungry, fantasy driven, flock fleecing, prophecy experts tell us. Look at all of the "prophecy experts" who are millionares thanks to uninformed Christians forking over big bucks to hear the non-sense they proclaim. Jesus if the focus of redemtive history, not the land of Palestine! Jesus if the fulfillment of prophecy, not the Jewish people in the land.
O. Palmer Robertson points out clearly that the Church today, made up of JEWS AND GENTILES who have become saved by the grace of God through the shed blood of Christ are in deed the ISRAEL OF GOD. This book does a GREAT job of pointing out this truth. Get the book and read it for yourself. This book is the best, but other great works are "Jesus and Israel" by Holwerda and hot off the press "A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding End Times" by Kim Riddlebarger. Stay away from the "Left Behind" series; it is not based on Biblical truth!