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Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to "Holy Land" Theology Paperback – April 1, 2010
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"Burge writes out of a deep knowledge of Scripture and personal acquaintance with the Middle East to demonstrate how the concern for the geographical land in the Old Testament is transmuted into concern for a spiritual inheritance for God's believing people, both Jewish and Gentile, in the New Testament. His exposition of the biblical material offers a gracious corrective to some inadequate and misinformed ideas about the role of Israel in the plan of God and about the Palestinian-Jewish situation and has important consequences for Christian belief and behavior. I warmly commend this thorough and scholarly but nevertheless clearly and simply written presentation."--I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen
"Burge may be American evangelicalism's foremost expert on a biblical theology of the land of Israel. This book reintroduces sanity, common sense, and exegetical acumen into a discussion that often sadly lacks these traits. Absolutely essential reading for any Christian who wants to hold a biblically defensible position on the topic."--Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary
"Burge's accessible consideration of 'holy land theology' in relation to New Testament texts cannot be overlooked. From now on, Christians who wish to engage responsibly with this highly charged and controversial issue will need to interact fully with Burge's careful, constructive, and challenging presentation."--Bruce W. Longenecker, Baylor University
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Gary has authored a number of books both on the New Testament and the Middle East. His theological works include commentaries on the Gospel and Letters of John, a textbook on the New Testament, four volumes explaining the cultural background of Jesus and the gospels, and technical volumes on the study of Johannine theology. His book Whose Land? Whose Promise? (2003; 2nd ed. 2013) won national awards as a critical analysis of the current Arab-israeli conflict from a Christian perspective. His recent Jesus and the Land (2010) is a theological examination of this same conflict. He has recently released Theological Questions Everyone Asks (2014) and A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion (2015).
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I was thinking it was going to just be a book to counter the many modern arguments in support of modern Israel, but instead it is a fairly thorough historical march through the Bible, covering the covenant, the promises, and the importance of the land along the way. Most of the way through, it spoke so much in favor of the importance of the land, that I thought it was going down a path other than what I thought the intent was. Then as he approached the New Testament, and the new covenant, the shift began, and the last couple chapters examine the view of the land in those last days for the Christians.
Kenneth Gentry recently commented, saying this book is one of a few books that has greatly shaped his view of Israel and the land, and that after reading this and the couple others, if someone still could cling to a modern dispensational view of the land, then they are probably beyond hope (that is a paraphrase as I understood it).
Maybe this book had more of an excitement and impact on me due to it's heavy look into Israel's past and understanding of the land, since I had recently finished the ...Read more ›
Burge seeks to correct the error of Christian Zionism without attacking people or ranting.
As a former Christian Zionist, I must attribute my new understanding primarily to Burge's influence.
I still deeply love Israel. I bless Israel. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. But I do not offer Israel blind loyalty or unconditional support. That place is reserved for Christ alone.
I highly recommend Jesus and the Land, as well as Whose Land? Whose Promise?
This is a must read for every Christian concerned with the conflicts in the Holy Land.
1) The author paints a broad (and wrong) portrait of the opposing viewpoint. This allows him to repeatedly set up straw men and knock them down. I do not think this is fair to the author's readers, who might be investigating this topic for the first time. It would have been better for Burge to deal with the Biblical texts that he disagrees with instead of creating his own opponents.
2) Throughout this work, the author ignores the Old Testament claims/prophecies associated with Israel. He holds to a view called Replacement Theology, though I am sure he would deny that wording. But that is exactly what it is. The author views the Old Testament through the lens of the New instead of using the Old Testament as the foundation for the New. One must ask: Can the NT be interpreted without the Old? This is what the author attempts in this work. He often questions why the NT does not address the Land but then fails to address the question: why would the NT need to repeat what is so clear already in the Old?
3) The author also misinterprets some parables of Jesus, such as the parable of the talents, into being about land ownership. This is a funky way to interpret the text and no doubt stems from the author's replacement theology views.
Overall, I am disappointed with the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Biblical passages are manipulated for political purposes since the Bible's first edition. Mr. Burge demonstrates the distortion that undergoes the practice, and restores the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Samiam
This book is so well-written and researched, it led me to passages of Scripture I've read dozens of times with new appreciation and attention to the details. Highly recommend!!!Published 17 months ago by Joni Byrd
If Dr. Burge believes what he writes, then one would expect him to be evangelizing Jews with utmost fervency. Is he?Published 21 months ago by Steven Coplon
I highly recommend Dr. Burge's book to anyone who would seek the truth about Jesus and the land of Palestine.Published 24 months ago by Elizabeth H.
Burge does a masterful job of actually looking at what Jesus and his followers really said about the holy land- and comes to the most apparent conclusion: no New Testament author... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by B. Rihner
There are elements within Burge's book that seem to be exegetically sound since the format is expositionally structured. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by John K Cairns Jr
The initial chapters are a bit dry, but as the book pregresses it isn't bad. As I've read my thoughts about the Holy Land have been challeneged and as I've paired the reading of... Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by survivorman25
I just completed Burge's book and formerly coming out of a dispensational background (I still consider myself very conservative),I was most impressed with Burge's presentation. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Jerry K. Hatfield