The Jewish People: Evidence for the Truth of Scripture

Dr. Michael Rydelnik, in his chapter The Jewish People: Evidence for the Truth of Scripture, shows how the “only possible way to discover the reason for the Jewish people’s continued existence and influence is by examining the Scriptures.” The historian Arnold Toynbee called the Jewish people “fossils of history,” while Mark Twain marveled at their immortality. They recognized the mysterious nature of the Jewish people. Only Scripture gives rationale for Jewish survival. Their existence testifies to the truth of Scripture.

Israel in Church History

Dr. Michael Vlach, in his chapter Israel in Church History, presents a historical overview of “how the Christian church has viewed Israel and Israel’s land.” Sometimes the church affirmed the continuing significance of Israel, but at other times it believed the church replaced the promises God gave to Israel.

Israel in the Land as an Eschatological Necessity?

Dr. John Feinberg, in his chapter Israel in the Land as an Eschatological Necessity?, demonstrates why national Israel is important in God’s future plans. He argues, “Israel not only will possess the land, but biblically speaking, she must possess it.” He believes the various end-times prophecies cannot occur until “Israel is in the land with both political and religious control over her own destiny.” His chapter explores three significant end time prophecies.

Israel as a Necessary 
Theme in Biblical Theology

Dr. Mark Saucy, in his chapter Israel as a Necessary Theme in Biblical Theology, begins by stating, “salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). His chapter describes the seven major acts in the biblical story, which focus on key threshold moments from Genesis to the Book of Revelation.

Israel and Hermeneutics

Dr. Craig Blaising, in his chapter Israel and Hermeneutics, describes the methods we use to interpret the Bible. He summarizes the historical difference between literal and figurative approaches to Scripture and shows how an allegorical reading of the Bible was used to minimize the role played by the Jewish people in the plan of God.