Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History

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TO THE JEW FIRST: THE CASE FOR JEWISH EVANGELISM IN SCRIPTURE AND HISTORY edited by Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser Kregel, 352 pages, $16.99 paper

To the Jew First issues a powerful and biblically convincing wake-up call to a Church that has, in large part, abdicated its responsibility to evangelize the Jews. The essays, all of which balance eschatological urgency with sensitivity to postHolocaust reaUties, combine topnotch scholarship with a high degree of lucidity. Together, they present a compelling case for abandoning both supersessionism (the belief that Israel has been completely replaced by the Church) and two-covenant theology (the belief that God saves Gentiles through Christ but Jews through Torah), returning, instead, to the practice and dieology of the early aposdes, as evidenced in Acts and Romans: "to the Jew first and also to the Greek."

In one of the finest essays, Craig A. Blaising, professor of theology at Soudiern Baptist Theological Seminary, convincingly argues that supersessionism not only robbed Israel of her ethnic distinctiveness, but also Jesus of his ethnic distinctiveness. …

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