Hermeneutical Flaws of Dispensationalism


Why do some Christians believe that God still has promises to fulfill in Israel? Why do they believe that the Church is “Plan B” in God’s plan? Are they right? In this book, Gary George helps answer these and related questions by looking at what the Scripture itself says about it.

74 pages



Dispensationalists usually agree with New Covenant Theology that the Law of Moses and everything else related to the Old Covenant were aspects of God’s unique relationship to Israel. But when it comes to Israel’s current and future relationship to God, there is strong disagreement. Dispensational Theology believes we should read the Old Testament on its own terms so that promises and prophecies made to the Jews must be interpreted and fulfilled literally. Since Israel has not literally received all that was promised, a future fulfillment must be coming upon the nation.

New Covenant Theology gives Jesus and the New Testament interpretative priority. Rather than expecting a literal fulfillment, we believe that everything in the Old Testament and the Old Covenant pointed to Jesus. He is the substance – all that came before was just a shadow. Thus, we are not looking for anything beyond or after Jesus.

In this book, Gary George graciously and humbly exposes the failure of Dispensational Theology to accept the New Testament’s interpretation of Old Testament promises. That failure leads to erroneous and unbiblical expectations for Israel’s future. While not eternally damaging, these errors do lead to important false conclusions. It is important to think these things through carefully and biblically. This book will go a long way toward helping you do that.

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  1. Andesi

    One of the papers prtseneed at the 2009 Council was by John Master, and he made a very important observation about the text in the OT which relates to the New Covenant: The context of the text relates to corporate Israel and not simply to individuals per se. It is dealing with national transformation not simply individual regeneration [emphasis added] (John Master, New Covenant Considerations, Sept., 2009; Presented at the 2009 Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics).This is a fact that most people overlook. Individual Jews were being saved and having their sins forgiven before the Cross (Luke 7:48-50) even though it was to be the New Covenant promised to Israel which was to provide for a forgiveness of sins (Jer.31:34). Since individuals were receiving the forgiveness of sins prior to the ratification of the New Covenant it is obvious that the New Covenant applied to corporate Israel.

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