"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah" (Jeremiah 31:31).
How should we understand the Bible's teaching about the new covenant? Scholars and theologians have debated this question for centuries without reaching a consensus. The three views in this book are all unified by a single idea: God will make His new covenant with Israel, not the church. Referring to papers first presented at the 2009 Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics, the authors discuss three ideas within traditional dispensationalism:
- the church is in some way a party to the new covenant,
- the church shares similar blessings to the new covenant, or
- the church has nothing at all to do with the new covenant.
Each viewpoint is supported by extensive theological, historical, and exegetical research, with responses and rejoinders for each view.
Mike Stallard (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is international ministries director at Friends of Israel and founder of the Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics. Previously, he ministered as a pastor, church planter, and professor of theology.