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Jesus and Israel: One Covenant or Two?


Eerdmans, Apollos 1995

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Revisiting the important topic of covenant fulfillment, Reformed theologian David Holwerda argues that God’s promises to Old Testament Israel cannot be understood apart from Jesus Christ. Based on careful exposition of key New Testament texts—including a significant in-depth study of Romans 9:11—in dialogue with a wide variety of interpreters and theologians, Holwerda maintains that the Old Testament promises of God find their complete fulfillment in Jesus Christ and the church.

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Key Features

  • Each chapter addresses a basic question concerning the relation of Jesus to Israel
  • Careful exposition of key New Testament texts


  • Jesus and Israel in the Twentieth Century
  • Jesus and Israel: A Question of Identity
  • Jesus and the Temple: A Question of Essence
  • Jesus and the Land: A Question of Time and Place
  • Jesus and the Law: A Question of Fulfillment
  • A Future for Jewish Israel
  • Universal and Particular Fulfillment

Praise for the Print Edition

An insightful analysis of ‘promise and fulfillment,’ specifically as it is seen in the theological significance of the relationship of Jesus to Israel.

Bibliotheca Sacra

This is a volume that must be studied by every budding New Testament student and should be seriously perused by all mature scholars in the field.

Calvin Theological Journal

A significant contribution to the evangelical debate over how best to understand Jesus’ fulfillment of the Old Testament . . . Worth buying, reading, and keeping handy for future reference.

Christianity Today

Here is biblical theology at its best: promise and fulfillment finding consummation in an eschatological certainty that is both universal and particular.

International Bulletin of Missionary Research

An outstanding evangelical study, this book is a careful, thorough, and conciliatory analysis of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity that counteracts the view of many theologians today that both faiths are equally valid, or even that they are two among many valid religions. Clearly written and logically argued, this book would make an excellent addition to libraries where church members have contacts with Jewish people.

Librarian’s World (Evangelical Church Library Association)

Holwerda’s is a considerable accomplishment. It makes a valuable contribution to the field which scholars of other traditions will want to take into account in their future work . . . He writes in a lively and open style that engages the reader at the same time as it illumines what are immensely complex questions.


Product Details

  • Title: Jesus and Israel: One Covenant or Two?
  • Author: David E. Holwerda
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 200

About David E. Holwerda

David E. Holwerda is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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