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Has the Church Replaced Israel?: A Theological Evaluation

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The relationship between Israel and the church continues to be a controversial topic led by this question: Does the church replace, supersede, or fulfill the nation of Israel in God's plan, or will Israel be saved and restored with a unique identity and role?

In Has the Church Replaced Israel?, author Michael J. Vlach evaluates the doctrine of replacement theology (also kno
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by B Academic
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Christopher Fales
Solid writing

Although I hold to a form of the view opposed in this volume (New Covenant Theology/Fulfillment) Vlach does a fantastic job in the first portion of the book fairly representing my view and honestly presenting the case that the view he opposes was the view of the church for the past 2k years, admitting that it was the establishment of the current nation of Israel in the last century that has caused this new innovation in theology, Dispensationalism, to come about (current events are
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Jarrod Coronado
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty enjoyable book. Insightful and helpful for working through an understanding of replacement theology and the passages that are often used for it’s defense. Those who are very familiar with the subject will find this a good review and the situations will be helpful. However, a new comer to the subject will find this approachable and easy to understand.
Rick Dugan
Unfortunately, Vlach spends much of his book attacking straw men. The book is written to counter the view that the Church replaces Israel and that the Old Testament promises to Israel are fulfilled in the Church. The more common view, I believe, is that the promises to Israel are fulfilled in Christ. Vlach barely addresses this other than to say that this is a Platonic view of prophecy that spiritualized rather than taking a literal reading of scripture. This strikes me as odd considering that t ...more
Lincoln Forlong
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Michael Vlach has put to print a well written presentation of both sides of what can appear to be a difficult, and sometimes confusing biblical matter.
The author is detailed enough in his reasoning, yet simple enough in his language, to convey the complexity of the matter without bringing confusion.
It's refreshing to be drawn into such a strong debate without being tainted by emotionalism.
As the author develops his rationale, particularly in the second half of his writing, the literal biblical
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Donald Stevenson
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recently finished reading "Has the Church Replaced Israel" by Michael Vlach. In his conclusion he comments: "In their desire to emphasize the unity of salvation that Jews and Gentiles have experienced, supersessionists have mistakenly concluded that such unity excludes a special role for Israel in the future. But salvific unity does not erase all ethnic and functional distinctions. Gentiles are now partakers of Israel's covenants, and national Israel will be saved and restored with a role of ser ...more
Jeff Short
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church, eschatology
This is an excellent study on the relation of Israel to the New Testament church. Vlach deals fairly with opposing views and examines a number of key verses.
Bob
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent, very thorough, the author deals with the very real disagreements between those who believe in replacement theology and those who believe that the church & Israel are two distinct entities and remain such. Vlach deals with best scriptural positions of both. He answers the main question; Does the church replace, supersede, or fulfill the nation Israel in God's plan, or will Israel be saved & restored with a unique identity & role? As with many questions related ti this issue ...more
Pedro Pamplona
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livro bem escrito e sucinto. Os argumentos apresentados são diretos e o autor faz de uma maneira muito acessível.
Olanma Ogbuehi
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a helpful book, giving a survey of the subject, tracing the development of the doctrine of supersessionism in the history of the Christian church, starting from the Early Church fathers. I feel like this book has broadened my understanding of the topic. For example, I had not realised that there were different categories of supersessionism, moving through from punitive, to economic, to structural, with place different emphases on the extent to which the church has become the new Israel. ...more
Frankie Della Torre
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
The role of hermeneutics within Bible interpretation is an extremely important topic. Within Evangelical Christianity, we believe that the Bible is God’s Word; therefore, accurately handling the Word of Truth requires that we read it and interpret it properly. As finite and fallen humans, we are prone to err and many times slip false assumptions into our interpretations of the Bible. As those striving to understand and teach God’s Word, we must read and interpret it using the methods God has lai ...more
Nathan Boates
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Vlach's title is somewhat divisive and asks the wrong question. He should be asking questions like does God have one people group or two? How many kingdom's does God have? How many brides? How many bodies? Naturally, he only has one in answer to all these questions. The point is whose who looked forward to the coming of the Messiah and whose looking backward to the coming of Jesus Christ in faith are those who belong to him.
Lee Button
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough and easy to read explanation of the lasting distinction between the church and Israel. Vlach writes simply and clearly. His resources are extensive and he fairly treats the opposing view.
Rebekah Leavell
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very thorough and helpful

Enjoyed the book in it's systematic and thorough approach in dealing with replacement theology. I think he was very fair to all perspectives but showed biblically why replacement theology is not biblical.
Sarah
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for anyone doing a study on the identity of Israel in the New Testament, as I was doing. It's also a good critique of supersessionism/fulfillment theology/covenant theology. Vlach starts off by giving you the background of the view that the Church replaces Israel, or rather, the view that the church fulfills the role that racial Israel was supposed to fulfill but failed. Most of these people seem to believe along the lines of what Luther argued, "...the Jews are no longe ...more
Blake
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everyonemustread
(At the risk of offending someone, I offer this book review)---As a follow up read to the book, "Future Israel" by Barry Horner, I read this wonderful book by Michael J. Vlach. I wasn't familiar with Vlach and, after reading this book this week, I wondered why I had not read this book before. I'm so glad I did. Vlach approaches the issue of Israel's future from a somewhat different angle than Horner. Horner established the Anti-Judaic mindset that has ran throughout church history right down to ...more
Jimmy
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Has the church replaced Israel? This is a controversial question and a fitting title for a book that addresses this question with “no.” I enjoyed this treatment on Supersessionism, also known as Replacement Theology. Some believe the name “replacement theology” for Supersessionism is inappropriate but the author Michael Vlach does a good job at the outset of the book demonstrating how proponents of Supersessionism themselves have used that term interchangeably. Prior to reading the book I have h ...more
Lee Bertsch
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I was given this book with the strong expectation that I read it and like it It is not a topic for which I have a high level of interest but I dutifully read it and found it to be a good presentation of the view that Israel has an ongoing role in the plan of God as a national political entity. The author is most often fair and respectful in presenting the other perspective that all of God's plans and promises for his people have merged and evolved into a single household of faith. After completi ...more
Paul
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for somebody who believes in replacement theology (RT), yet they are open to exploring a non-replacement view on the Bible. It will also well serve the reader, who is pro-Israel, who is just now exploring the topic of RT. I liked this book better than the others that I have read thus far on RT, as RT seems at first to merely be a doctrinal statement on Israel ... yet Vlach (quoting Soulen) addresses how it functions as a hermeneutic lens through which one reads the Bible. Vl ...more
David Saxon
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book reads like a dissertation, with numerous quotations in support of virtually every point. The historical sections early in the book are a bit thin, but the exegetical and theological case Vlach makes against supersessionism is quite strong. Recommended for people who find Reformed interpretations impressive because of their "depth." Vlach proves that the Scriptures clearly and repeatedly distinguish Israel and the church.

One of the strengths of the book is that Vlach does not freight hi
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Josue Manriquez
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vlach presents some great arguments in favor of non-supersessionism: the belief that the Church has not superseded/taken the place of Israel.

(I would give it 5-stars, but I've yet to read the opposing view)
Luke Waite
Feb 22, 2016 added it
Recommended to Luke by: Christians
Vlach has a clear, helpful way of communicating his points to the readers. When I finished this book I had a completely different view of Israel, the church, and what God's ultimate plan for the future was. If you are a Christian, you need to read this book.
Danielle
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is essential to anyone who wants to understand the problems with the doctrine of supercessionism. Concise, easy-to-read, and logical, this is a great resource for those studying the Scriptures and what it actually says about the relationship between the Church and Israel.
Sean McGowan
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
I think this is one of the best out on this topic.
Josh
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Very helpful.
Dan
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful to my thinking is several areas.
Luke Pettyjohn
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good response

writer dealt well with the topic. accurate information. not too long but informative. recommended for anyone interested in the israel church debate.
Michael Dionne
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, concise, and readable discussion of replacement theology.
Chad Foor
The most helpful book that I've read on the subject.
Edward J Dickinson
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