King's Evangelical Divinity School

24 October 2011

Two Books (and Jews in the land)

Just wrapping up Jacques Doukhan's Israel and the Church: Two Voices for the Same God. Short but nonetheless a very interesting and thought-provoking read for those engaging with supercessionism, as well as those exploring the role of Torah within Messianic Judaism (Doukhan is not explicitly concerned with MJ and Torah observance, nonetheless he raises issues which are relevant to those exploring this topic). Useful, too, is his discussion of the thoroughly Jewish nature of early Christianity, and his view that the schism between the synagogue and church was later than is often assumed.

More about the book when I review it properly in a day or two. In the meantime I've just ordered Moshe Gil's A History of Palestine, 634-1099 (though at nearly a thousand pages it may be a while before I offer a detailed review!). Gil's book provides a detailed treatment of the Jewish presence in the land during this period. I also have several other texts on order tracing a Jewish presence in the land before this period, as well as throughout the Ottoman era. The standard anti-Israel (and indeed anti-Jewish) line that Jews only arrived in the land during the last century is, of course, a fallacy... there has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land of Israel since the exiles returned from Babylonia some 2,500 years ago.

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