ISRAELOLOGY: The Doctrine of Israel - MP3
This course investigates four evangelical theological approaches to the issue of Israel. All four theological systems are defined, described and evaluated on the basis of their theology of Israel. The discussion of each system is divided into three broad categories: Israel Past, Israel Present and Israel Future. Each category investigates what each system has to say on certain key topics that are crucial to Israelology.
The first three systems of theology are all within the realm of Covenant Theology which uses an allegorical, hermeneutical approach to Israelology and Eshatology and teaches that the Church at some point becomes the new, or true, or spiritual Israel. They disagree among themselves as to exactly when the Church becomes Israel and, therefore, are divided into three major schools: Covenant Postmillennialism, Covenant Amillennialism, and Covenant Premillennialism. This course will show that because all three schools of Covenant Theology at some point confuse Israel and the Church, they cannot develop a full scale Israelology in their Systematic Theology.
The fourth system is Dispensationalism, which uses a literal hermeneutical approach to Israelology and Eschatology and insists on a consistent distinction between Israel and the Church, past, present, and future. Therefore, only Dispensationalism allows for a fully developed Israelology. However, this course will also show that Dispensationalism has thus far failed to do so, and in their Systematic Theology Dispensationalists have incorporated their Israelology into their Ecclesiology and Eschatology. This has resulted in Dispensationalism developing a very strong theology of Israel Future, and an adequate but not equally strong theology of Israel Past. However, its weakest point is a clear theology of Israel Present. Therefore, Dispensationalism needs to develop a complete Israelology this is a distinct and separate entity in their overall Systematic Theology detached from their Ecclesiology and Eschatology, though allowing for obvious overlaps.
In conclusion, Dr. Fruchtenbaum then systematizes Israelology on the basis of dispensational hermeneutics providing a comprehensive theology of Israel Present. This course also discusses other relevant topics that concern Israelology and, in conclusion, will show how Israelology affects and/or overlaps the other divisions of Systematic Theology.
Print the exegetical outline and follow along with Dr. Fruchtenbaum as he teaches the Word of God.
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