A comparison of three major views on the relationship between Israel and the church
The relationship between Israel and the church is a long-standing debate in Christian theology, and Romans 9-11 are the most important chapters for understanding it. How one interprets these chapters determines how one understands biblical theology, how the New Testament uses the Old Testament, and how the old and new covenants are related.
To help readers draw their own conclusion, four leading scholars on this issue present a case for their viewpoint, followed by a response and critique from the others. Michael Vlach argues for a future mass conversion and a role for ethnic Israel in the church. Fred Zaspel and Jim Hamilton present a case for a future mass conversion that does not include a role for ethnic Israel. And Benjamin Merkle contends that Romans 9-11 promises neither a future mass conversion nor a role for ethnic Israel.
General editor Andrew David Naselli helpfully sets the debate in its larger biblical-theological context in the introduction, while Jared Compton provides a useful summary of the views and interactions at the end of the volume.
Jared Compton previously served as a New Testament professor at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently a pastor at CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin.
Andrew David Naselli is associate professor of New Testament and theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis and an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Check out his blog at andynaselli.com.