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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?

Harrison Sillings

I’ve always attended a nondenominational evangelical church and I can’t ever remember there being any explicit supersessionist teachings from the pulpit or even in one on one discipleship. There was always a heavy emphasis on understanding the context of scripture including knowledge of the land, culture, audience, etc. My pastor would always say “you can’t just read your Bible you have to READ your Bible,” as a way to express that thinking. So although their viewpoints on Israel and the Jewish people weren’t explicit I could always tell that understanding the land and the people was of high value. However, that doesn’t necessarily translate to a proper theological view. I do think though that being trained to read the Bible in that way makes it easier to read the Bible as one story and makes it easier to see God’s covenant promise to the Jewish people all throughout scripture.