TH5605 - The Church and Israel


The Church and Israel


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

  1. Israel and related biblical theology themes (covenant, land, eschatology)
  2. Jewish-Christian customs, practice, theology and hermeneutics of the New Testament Church
  3. Mission to the Gentiles and the Jewish-Christian controversy
  4. Jewish Christians in the second and third centuries and the `gentilisation’ of the Early Church
  5. Christian anti-Judaism, anti-Semitism and replacement theology throughout the Church’s history
  6. Rise of Christian Zionism and its political role in helping to found (through Britain) and sustain (the US) the modern State of Israel
  7. The rise of post-Holocaust theology in  light of the Shoah
  8. The current debate surrounding Israel: Christian Zionism versus Reformed supercessionism
  9. Nature of Arab and Messianic Christianity in the Holy Land today and their relations with the Israeli state
  10. Current theological crisis of identity within Messianic Christianity

  • To build upon previous biblical and theological studies at Levels 1 and 2 by means of a detailed examination of and critical engagement with the Church’s relationship with Jews, Judaism and Israel, thereby greatly enhancing students’ hermeneutical skills and theological understanding.
  • To explore Israel as a biblical theology theme and discuss how diverging interpretations of the relevant Bible texts have resulted in widely conflicting understandings of the concept of Israel throughout the Church’s history.
  • To identify and explore the Jewish roots of Christianity, including its early history, hermeneutics, theological influence, and customs and practice, together with modern expressions of and the current identity crisis within Messianic Christianity.
  • To identify and discuss Christian responses to Jews, Judaism and the modern State of Israel throughout the Church’s history.
  • To focus strongly on Christian involvement with and responses to the founding of the modern State of Israel, together with an analysis of the current debate within segments of Christianity.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. A detailed and thorough knowledge and understanding of Israel as a biblical theology theme as variously expressed throughout the Church’s history, together with other related biblical theology themes (for example, covenant, land) which have a bearing on this issue.
  2. A knowledge and understanding of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, including its historical and theological emphases, hermeneutics, customs and practices.
  3. An advanced understanding of the nature of the Church’s historical and theological relationship with Jews and Judaism, with a special emphasis on the current debate between pro-Israel Christian Zionism and Reformed, amillennial anti-Zionist supercessionism.
  4. A thorough understanding of the current state of Christianity and the politics of faith in the Holy Land, both Arab and Messianic.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment.100%1-4Coursework

Reassessment: as assessment

Burge, Gary (2003). Whose land? Whose promise? What Christians are not being told about Israel and the Palestinians. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press.

Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2006). The politics of the Apocalypse: The history and influence of Christian Zionism. Oxford: Oneworld.

Diprose, Ron (2004). Israel and the Church: The origin and effects of replacement theology. Milton Keynes: Authentic/Paternoster.

Flannery, Edward (1985 rpr. 2004).  The anguish of the Jews: Twenty-three  centuries of anti-Semitism. New York: Stimulus.

Kinzer, Mark S. (2005). Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press.

Lewis, Donald M. (2010). The Origins of Christian Zionism: Lord Shaftesbury and Evangelical Support for a Jewish Homeland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Saye, Scott Bader (1999). Church and Israel after Christendom: The politics of election. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock. 

Sizer, Stephen (2004). Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? Leicester: InterVarsity Press.

Smith, Calvin L., ed. (2013). The Jews, modern Israel and the new supercessionism. Revised and expanded edition. Broadstairs: King's Divinity Press.

Soulen, R. Kendall Soulen (1996). The God of Israel and Christian theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Vlach, Michael (2010). Has the Church replaced Israel? A theological evaluation. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. 

Brian Brewer and Colin Barnes


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