A few years ago, I was involved in research for a book called “The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supersessionism” by Calvin Smith from King’s Evangelical Divinity School. Below is the beginning of a review of that book. If you haven’t read the book and you feel that you need to be educated to what’s happening regarding Israel, the Church and Zionism, this is the book for you. The review outlines each chapter from several different authors and deals with several different topics. I know Calvin Smith personally, and I must say that he is a man of integrity, who searches out the truth about such matters, he avoids hyperbolic argument which is missing from quite a few academics regarding Israel, the Jews and the Church. The book uses both historical accounts as to why a chasm exists between Israel, the Jews and the Church as well as historical and modern day political reasons. This book succinctly addresses the theological arguments that are against Israel and the Jews and their future, both historically, biblically and prophetically and you come away with a greater understanding about this often inflamed topic.
If you’re confused about this topic, or you would like to arm yourself with more knowledge and understanding regarding the biblical argument concerning Israel the land and the future for the Jews, then this is the book for you. It is well researched as it has garnered authors from different academic persuasions and gives you the bigger picture in an easy to understand way.
It was an honour for me to be involved in the putting together of this book, and is one topic that I hold dearly as a Christian and as someone who sees increasing antisemitism from not only the secular world, but also from the Church.
It’s a MUST read!
This much-needed work deals with the old phenomenon of supersessionism but in a new guise, termed here “the new supersessionism,” whereby Christians engaged in rapprochement with the Muslim world are influencing many in the church to view the modern State of Israel unsympathetically, as an aggressive usurper in the region, calling into question both the legitimacy of the Jewish state and the chosenness of the Jewish people. Furthermore, the book refutes those who stigmatize those derisively termed “Christian Zionists,” whose convictions concerning the chosenness of the Jewish people are viewed as theologically deficient and politically naïve or fascistic. Such parties are represented as favoring an alleged Israeli government policy of blood and soil to the detriment of the suffering and poor displaced Palestinians and in defiance of a right understanding of the Bible. As a result of such mischaracterizations, many Christians are at best no longer sure they want to support the Jewish state, while others are mobilized against it. [source]