Does the promise still hold? Israel and the land

A reply
I am disappointed with Marlin Jeschke’s response. Like many Christians, he is so concerned to highlight the universal dimensions of the Abrahamic promise that he neglects the specific promises of God to a single people. For him, the doctrine of election remains a scandal.

Donald E. Wagner is better on this point, but he misreads Uriel Simon’s seminal thesis. Simon does not argue that Israel’s claim to the land is limited in moral constraints. Abraham, he claims, is deeded the land as an eternal possession by dint of an act of extraordinary generosity (Gen. 13:5-13). Though the grant remains eternal, the way Israel appropriates its terms will depend on embodying this sort of moral ethos. It might be worth noting that Simon is a religious Zionist who is identified with the Israeli left. The goal of his essay (which unfortunately exists only in modern Hebrew) was to show how the claims of religious Zionism can actually serve the interests of peacemaking.

 

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