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Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology Hardcover – Lay Flat, 1994
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"This book is a 'must have,' 'must read,' and 'must reference.' " -- Glenn W. Campbell, Journal of Grace Evangelical Society, Spring 1994
"This is a tremendous, masterful book on a subject which is either lightly treated or completely ignored." --The Biblical Evangelist, December 1, 1989
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Dr. Fruchtenbaum's unique and very Jewish research fills a very dangerous (replacement theology) and limiting void (actually canyon) in Christian understanding and perspective. As Christians, we look at the bible through our own limited gentile eyes, and interpret everything as if it belongs specifically to us. But, Dr. Fruchtenbaum goes through the other 90% of the bible that specifically deals with Israel (the true vine, the chosen people, the people of the covenant ) and Abraham (the friend of JHWH). After all, JHWH's entire plan for mankind is through Israel. Christianity is only a temporary (but, very uniquely blessed) solution to Israel's temporary blindness (non-belief in Jesus as the Messiah).
As Paul writes "everything aforetime was written for our learning." The laws, sabbaths, history and prophecies. All of these Jewish items were written for us to learn and understand JHWH's plan and prophecies. But, this only occurs through Israel.
Dr. Fruchtenbaum's work, thoughts and writing style is logical, well-researched, deep and insightful. But, he writes so you can easily follow him and understand his subjects, arguments, and conclusions.
Dr. Fructenbaum takes the reader through the information, logic and interpretations and related verses in a manner that actually teaches the reader to improve their abilities to think (in terms of biblical interpretation). In completing this book, the reader will learn a great deal about Judaism and Christianity from the proper Jewish perspective and thought patterns.Read more ›
Most believers have at least some concept of what the Bible teaches about Israel. Unfortunately, however, such understanding is usually limited and somewhat general (if not "fuzzy") since the tendency among believers is to concentrate more heavily on other doctrines. The doctrine of Israel, it seems, is only addressed when it unavoidably intersects with other doctrines of the Bible, but even then the lack of a complete Israelology often leads to ambiguity, if not total error. Indeed, many theological fallacies can be traced to an incomplete, if not a totally inaccurate understanding of the doctrine of Israel. As Dr Fruchtenbaum clearly shows, Israelology is of no minor significance to a proper interpretation of the Bible.
In this work, Dr Fruchtenbaum presents the Israelology of four major theological systems: Covenant Postmillennialism, Covenant Amillennialism, Covenant Premillennialism, and Dispensationalism. He shows how each system's view of Israelology affects biblical interpretation; highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each system where they exist. He finally offers his own dispensational Israelology (which I believe ought to be published on its own, as it is superb in its analysis), effectively developing this doctrine which previous systematic theologies have failed to address completely, if at all.
Included in this work are discussions on:
*** The view of Israel (past, present, and future) in the teaching of the four major theological systems.Read more ›
There are two draw-backs to the work. First, while there is a handy scripture index in the back, there is no topical index. Since it is systematic in scope, oftentimes identical issues are discussed under different subheads. The lack of topical index in the back may have been due to the 18 page table of contents but an index in back would be very helpful in remebering where everything is located in the large, 1,100 page book.
Secondly, although this is a fabulous work, Fruchtenbaum occationally makes unguarded and hermeneutically hollow statements. For example, on page 613, refering to the three measures of meal in the Parable of the Leaven (Matt. 13:33), he writes that this passage is pointing "to the fact that Christendom develops into three main divisions: Roman Catholoicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism." This is inconsistent with dispensational bible interpretation.
All in all, this book should be required of all Christians who are ready for a little 'meat' in their diet.
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So far from what i have read is wonderful, i appreciate making this piece of work available.Published 12 days ago by KMF
The book is thick. The author tries to do two things, and as a result he fails both in my opinion. First, the author tries to present four views of what he calls Israelology, which... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Consistent, lots of cultural insight, uses historical-grammatical hermeneutics. If you really want to understand and properly apply the Old Testament today and to the future this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by themikkelsens
Excellent resource for anyone serious about understanding the place & purpose of Israel.
A complex subject that A. Read more
This should be an essential part of the personal library of every serious Biblical Theologian; well organized, masterfully written, and grounded in scriptural references... Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. A. Pierre
Excellent material in correcting Christian theology after 200 AD.Published 18 months ago by Ernest J Stetz