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Israel and the New Covenant Paperback – April 1, 2010
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In Campbell's own Preface, he states, "In the chapters which follow an attempt is made to study the more practical and historical aspects of the covenants and their bearing upon the closely related subject of Messianic prophecy and its fulfillment. The position taken is that it is futile to expect that the hope of a peaceful and prosperous for this cursed world can be realized until there is first of all a clearer understanding of the covenants and then a more consistent application of Covenant Truth in the every-day life of all Christians and the Church."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"The answer to the riddle of the Old Testament is Christ. The answer to the riddle of the religion of Israel is Christ... Christ fulfilled both the Law and the Prophets in the exercise of all the functions of Prophet, Priest and King..." (Pg. 39)
"Christianity is the fulfillment of the New Covenant spoken of by Jeremiah. This fact is basic in the thinking of the New Testament writers." (Pg. 53)
"'Coming in the clouds' cannot by any legitimate method of interpretation be taken to mean a literal and visible return of Christ either to reign or to dwell on this earth... That the phrase 'coming in the clouds of heaven' means a literal and personal return of Christ to this earth is an assumption which has not a shred of Biblical authority in its support." (Pg. 75-76)
"(T)he true covenanted community---the faithful Remnant of the church of the Old Covenant---received, like its progenitor, Jacob, a new name. The Remnant of Israel becomes the CHRISTIAN Church." (Pg. 120)
(about Gen 12:2-3) "It seems reasonable therefore to suppose that it is the task (commission and function) of the Christian church, under Christ, to bring about a complete fulfillment." (Pg. 15)
This work of more than 300 pages is divided into six major sections: "Our Hebrew-Christian Heritage," "Problems of Interpretation," "All Things New," "Promise and Prophecy," The New and Better Covenant," and "War, Victory, and Peace." Throughout Campbell shows how we must understand the New Testament in general and its eschatological passages in particular in light of the Old Testament. Only then will we be able to rightly interpret the symbolism of the New Testament as well as the relationship between the Old Covenant and the New.
This is truly a seminal work and one that anyone who wishes to understand postmillennialism should read. Although fairly long it reads well and is easy to understand.
Only then can one see that the New Testament speaks of a series of invisble but none the less real comings of Christ in jusgment and blessing, culminating in his final coming in his own person at the end of the world. (Campbell seeks to demonstrate that only a very few passages in the NT speaking of Christ's future coming refer to his final coming at the at the end of the world.) Of the last two chapters in the book of Revelation, Campbell says beautifully that "These are a summary...of the ideal and goal in history and time towards which all messianic prophecy points."
Campbell's book is good preparation for reading Jonathan Edwards' last great work: "A History of the Work of Redemption".