The Israel of God (Book Review)

The Israel of God by O. Palmer Robertson

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In his monumental work The Christ of the Covenants (P&R Publishing, 1980, p. 289), O. Palmer Robertson made the following argument: “If the new covenant people of God are the actualized realization of a typological form, and the new covenant now is in effect, those constituting the people of God in the present circumstances must be recognized as the ‘Israel of God.’ As a unified people, the participants of the new covenant today are ‘Israel.’” Perhaps sensing the controversial nature of such a statement to modern evangelicalism and its love affair with the secular state of Israel, Robertson devoted a separate monograph to a biblical-theological study of what Paul called in Galatians 6:16 “the Israel of God.” In a climate that holds deep-seated convictions surrounding the modern nation of Israel, The Israel of God (hereafter IOG) is a welcome contribution to the discussion of how Christians should view the subject of Israel from a biblical perspective.

Israel as a land is the topic of chapter one where the land-theme is traced in the experience of God’s people from the old covenant, through the writings of the Psalms and the Prophets, and finally from the new covenant perspective. Robertson concludes that from a redemptive-historical viewpoint, the geographic land of Palestine previously served as a type of paradise lost and promised, but which is now fulfilled and expanded in the new covenant to encompass the entire earth.

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