The Letter to the Romans and the Supersession Controversy
Author: Charles Tarrell
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Supersessionism is deeply rooted in both Roman Catholic and Protestant theology and is as old as the church. It is the belief that the church is the new Israel, the true Israel, and as such has displaced or superseded ethnic Israel. Throughout the history of the church it has been commonly held that the covenants God made with Israel and the promises God gave to that nation now belong to the Christian church. The supersession controversy is not an obscure theological debate of interest only to a few Biblical scholars. It involves questions of fundamental importance. Does the God of the Christian Scriptures keep His promises? What are the rules that guide our interpretation of Scripture? Is Christian theology responsible for the horrors of anti-Semitism in Christian lands? The Biblical focus of this controversy is the 11th chapter of the book of Romans. There the Apostle Paul courageously addresses the supersession issue. Tarrell invites the reader to feast on the riches of Pauls teaching on the atonement (Romans 1-8) and to celebrate so great a salvation. But he also invites the reader to embrace Pauls teaching about Israel (Romans 9-11). Gods gift of salvation is precious and is thoroughly explained in the first 8 chapters of Romans. But to prove the thesis of the book of Romans Paul tackles the most daunting problem of all, the apparent inability of God to fulfill the promises He made to the nation of Israel. Bringing up the problem of Israel is a gutsy move. But it is the problem that must be addressed.
This book proposes that Mark's Gospel was written in late 71 for the traumatised Christians of Rome, who feared further arrests after Titus' return from Jerusalem, to help them face their fears and forgive those who had already failed.
After Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church in 1830, he was gunned down by an angry mob fourteen years later as he tried to escape a jail following his arrest. The next few years continued to be tumultuous for the church as well as for Smith's successor, Brigham Young. On a Sunday afternoon, May 18, 1873 in a discourse given in the Mormon Tabernacle in Odgen Utah, Mormon Prophet Brigham Young challenged his church's opponents with this statement: "Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-Day-Saints with it, and see if it will stand the test." Mormonism Will It Stand The Test is the result of many years of research. Rather than relying on a feeling or "a burning in the bosom" as our Mormon friends contend to confirm the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, we need to do as Brigham Young suggested, and test it. But before a test can be performed, we must determine how to test it. Whatever means that we use to authenticate the accuracy and claims of the Bible can also be used to do the same with the Book of Mormon. In this book the author lays out a very simple way that the Bible can be tested and then applies that same test to the Book of Mormon. By reading this book you can not only learn how to perform this test, but will see if Mormonism "will stand the test."