"Salvation Is from the Jews": The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming

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"Salvation Is from the Jews": The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming. By Roy H. Schoeman. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003. Pp. 392. Paperback $16.95.

Controversial, yet insightful and forthright, this volume develops the thought that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and that Christianity is nothing less than Messianic Judaism. Although Schoeman's background in Judaism was exemplary, he desperately sought contact with the living God. He traces his religious awakening, not to Scripture or to further religious studies, but to dreamlike encounters with a silent Jesus and then with a beautiful Virgin Mary who won his heart and answered his questions. His postscript gives the details (a must-read!).

Schoeman's thesis is that the Jewish race was "chosen to bring about the Redemption of all mankind, through the Incarnation of God Himself as a man of their flesh and their blood" (p. 11). Inevitably, Jewish monotheism posed a conflict with Jesus' Trinitarian confessions, but Schoeman finds relevance by concluding: "As the Old Covenant was brought to fruition by the New at the First Coming, so will the New Covenant be brought to fruition by the Old, by the return of the Jews at the second Coming" (p. …