In this interview (in two parts), Professor R. Kendall Soulen, author of the book The God of Israel and Christian Theology (Fortress Press, 1996), explains that the universality of Jesus cannot be fully understood without also comprehending God’s ongoing faithfulness to the Jewish people.
For many Christians, the New Testament has replaced the Old, and the Church has replaced the Jews as God´s people. Simply put, most Christians believe (consciously or unconsciously) that Jews should become Christians and leave behind their Jewishness. This way of approaching the Bible is usually referred to as “replacement” or “supercessionist” theology. In this interview, Dr. R. Kendall Soulen explains how the Old and New Testaments in fact do not support this line of thinking. (more…)