"[M]illennial evangelicals are increasingly distancing themselves from modern Israel, [Gerald McDermott, Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School] said, in part because they want to distance themselves from their parents, who tend to support Israel enthusiastically." - Christian Post
There is a civil war looming in Israel, but very few are talking about it. I’m not referring to the potential of a civil war between Israelis and Palestinians. Nor am I referring to a war with bombs and guns and knives. I’m referring to an ideological war that has the potential of tearing the nation in half. It is the war between ultra-Orthodox Jews and liberal Israelis.
This compendium of new essays follows the only occasionally stellar The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel, edited by the same two men. This book marks Israel’s seventieth anniversary. It is divided into four parts, Biblical Foundations, Theology and the Conflict, Yeshua in the Midst of the Crisis, and Current Challenges to Peace in Israel.
This book takes a good look at these four issues through the various viewpoints of the authors. There are few weak contributions (e.g. a surprisingly tame essay from Bock), the general standard is high. Here are my thoughts on a few of the articles:
First, Richard Averbeck’s opening piece on the biblical covenants starts things off well. He is clearly uncomfortable being identified either as a covenant theologian or as a dispensationalist, but he has no time for replacement theology (22). More notable to me though was this line:
The system of theology known as “dispensational theology” describes the historical biblical covenants as subsumed under a set of dispensations in God’s program … (22)
"This 'post-evangelical' generation was raised on a steady diet of low-budget movies and pulp novels that injected a potent fear of the coming Rapture, a dynamic most eloquently described by the late Billy Graham. 'I pick up the Bible in one hand,' he said, 'and I pick up the newspaper in the other. And I read almost the same words in the newspaper as I read in the Bible.