Category Archives: Supersessionism

Matthew 11, Law vs. Kingdom?

Anachronism is reading history out of order. Many examples of popular anachronisms exist. The religious art of Europe is a well-known anachronism. Biblical characters are depicted wearing plate armor at times or Renaissance fashion (or posing nude, in spite of … Continue reading

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Both-And vs. Either-Or

I’m convinced that a both-and philosophy instead of an either-or philosophy would solve many tensions in biblical interpretation. This topic came to me after reading what seems to me a ridiculous statement by an otherwise great scholar, Dale Allison, in … Continue reading

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A Sad Discussion on Scot McKnight’s Blog

I’m definitely a Scot McKnight fan and I’m not putting this link here to suggest in any way that I have a problem with him. I think if you read carefully what Scot says in this post, you will see … Continue reading

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A Great Statement by the CCAR on the Kairos Document

Someone passed this on to me and I like the way these rabbis handle the Kairos document (all is explained at the link below): http://data.ccarnet.org/cgi-bin/resodisp.pl?file=kairos&year=2010

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A Yom HaShoah Experience with FFOZ

While I was visiting with the people at FFOZ in Missouri on a recent college speaking trip (read about it here), I saw a video that was in production. It was a sweep of 4,000 years of history told in … Continue reading

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For Christians: A Tip to Avoid Jew-Bashing

I had a great conversation today with a Christian pastor I respect and whose heart I know is in the right place. He had written a piece which in many ways was very fair in its description of Israel and … Continue reading

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Boundaries, MJ, Jews & Gentiles

This weekend I had a rare and uncomfortable experience. I felt a need to protect a boundary at synagogue. In the process I had several congregants witness the event and had productive follow-up conversation with them. The actual incident was … Continue reading

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Surreptitious Supersessionism

Supersessionism can be sneaky (if you don’t know what supersessionism is, check here). A commenter on the Jesus Creed blog, where I guest-posted recently about Richard Harvey’s book, Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology, said that someone asked N.T. Wright (famed scholar … Continue reading

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What is Supersessionism?

I got a wonderful opportunity this weekend to guest blog on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog (see my post here and the Jesus Creed blog here). Jesus Creed is one of the most widely read Christian blogs and Scot McKnight … Continue reading

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Israel and Messiah’s Return

I have been having dialogue with a number of people who feel that Israel’s part in God’s healing of the world is done. Messiah came from Israel and since that time, Israel’s part is finished. Israel to some is the … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Calvin Smith Responds

Yesterday I featured a rather harsh review of a book by British evangelicals in support of Israel. I was harsh because I had hoped they would go further in recognizing the calling of Jewish followers of Jesus to live out … Continue reading

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Review: The Jews, Modern Israel, and the New Supercessionism

The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians by Calvin Smith. King’s Divinity Press, 2009. My outlook on this book went from expectancy to disappointment to moderate enthusiasm. A collection of essays on Israel in the Bible … Continue reading

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Rev. 11 and Overlooking Israel

I have addressed in the past the sad tendency of Christian interpreters to overlook Israel in the book of Revelation: here, here, and here. It is a sad hermeneutic that can ignore the central narrative thread of the Bible (blessing … Continue reading

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Books on Jewish-Christian Relations

I will be reviewing a new book here soon (maybe tomorrow if I can get in some reading time today) by Calvin Smith, The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians, due out next week from King’s … Continue reading

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#2 in The Hebrew Bible Speaks: Carnal Election

This is the second installment in a book I am writing here on Messianic Jewish Musings. The tentative title is The Hebrew Bible Speaks. In short chapters I will explore the theology of the Hebrew Bible. ……………………………………. The ways of … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 5

This is the first new installment in this series since March 17 (sorry). Still, at least 50% of my posts since then have all been about the Haggadah. It’s just that I should finish what I started. In parts 3 … Continue reading

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Revelation 7, Israel, the Church, and Tabernacles

Last week I lamented the unfortunate conclusions Grant Osborne came to in his otherwise excellent commentary on Revelation. Like many other commentators, he reads Israel out of Revelation. Israel shows up in Revelation in four places: chapters 7, 11, 12, … Continue reading

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Supersessionism: Answering a Reader’s Question

A reader wrote in yesterday. I am taking out some details so as not to embarrass anyone. My wording in brackets should help you get the gist: I was reading about Kendall Soulen’s writing and came upon your blog and … Continue reading

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The Remnant of Israel, Part 4

In parts 1,2, and 3, we examined the idea of the remnant in the Bible. We discovered that God created a people to be a remnant on the earth (Gen. 45:7). It is in God’s purpose to create a people, … Continue reading

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The Remnant of Israel, Part 3

This is a continuation of a series started last week. I recommend going back and reading parts 1 and 2 before reading this installment: “The Remnant of Israel, Part 1,” and “The Remnant of Israel, Part 2.” …………………………… The Story … Continue reading

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The Remnant of Israel, Part 2

In this second part, I want to tease the issue of the Jewish community today in the plan of God. We will come back to that issue in a future post in this series. Meanwhile, I will define and set … Continue reading

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The Remnant of Israel, Part 1

This weekend, I preached a sermon on the remnant theme in the Bible. No, don’t worry, I will not be posting that sermon here on Messianic Jewish Musings. I try to post sermons only occasionally. Rather, I’d like to make … Continue reading

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Moses and Paul: Israel’s Downs and Ups

Ha’azinu is a Hebrew word meaning, “Give ear.” It is the first word of Deuteronomy 32. Deuteronomy 32 begins with the call for us to give ear because it is essentially the final word of the Torah. It is the … Continue reading

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Welcome Words About Stephen Sizer’s Anti-Pro-Semitism

Books and Culture is a publication of Christianity Today magazine and features some of the best Christian thought out there on literature and world events. I find Christianity Today and Books and Culture to often be left of my own … Continue reading

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Supersession Retro, 1930’s Style

Some time back I wrote a series of reviews of Barry Horner’s Future Israel. Fantastic book (get it here). If you are curious what to think about the whole Israel question, why not let a Reformed Christian thinker give you … Continue reading

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