I was blessed to grow up in a home with Christian parents who provided a very thorough education on the Bible and God’s covenant with the Jewish people. Oddly enough, I was taught both main perspectives on God’s covenant and was allowed to form my own opinion on how whether or not the Israeli people are still God’s chosen people and that His covenant is in existence today. For most of my life, I have held the belief that God gave his covenant to the people of Israel and that it was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus’ coming as the Messiah. However, I appreciated Dr. McDermott’s references to both Scripture and history to explain this belief. The verses he brought to mind from Romans 11 do seem to challenge my previous perception. And as he said, there has been a special attention and persecution specific to people of Jewish descent that is unique to them. I believe that moving forward, this course will have me reconsidering my previous assumptions to see if they lined up with Scripture.