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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?

AvatarAlie Brand

I grow up with replacement theology: The OT is the story of the Jews and their land, and the NT is all about the universal church (no particular people or land) .

This course, and the Bible, teaches us a very different story. The Bible is One story: God raised up one people (the Jews) for one land (Israel), to bring blessing to all the peoples of the world from and through their nation and land. And bring blessing and salvation for all gentiles who worship the God of Israel through that Messiah. Therefore Israel and Jerusalem must certainly be the center of our theology and the world.

Many of the young people in South Africa lacks knowledge and understanding of this One story. Furthermore, in SA there is an (unnecessary) negativity towards Israel, which has a further negative influence on this. We must “rewire” ourselves and our young leaders, as it were. It will also help us to understand the complexity of the Near East.