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Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?

Walton Loving

Yes, this is what I was taught growing up. I was taught that the Jews are God’s chosen people and that the land of Israel will play a significant role in the end times. However, I think it is important to note that this fact doesn’t negate the Jews’ need for salvation, that is, those who don’t believe in Jesus as the Messiah. Yes, the Jews are special to God; but they still must be saved. Jesus didn’t create a new religion separate from Judaism; He still intends that “all men be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth.” As Christians, I think we have two main roles when it comes to the Jews and Israel. First, we should strive for peace between Israel and peaceful Palestinians, whether that involves a separate state or just assimilating peaceful Palestinians into Israel. But, second, we should strive to evangelize the Jewish people and share the good news that their Messiah has already come once and is coming again.