The Relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament

This study group explores various themes related to the nature of the relationship between the Old Testament and New Testament and their function as Christian Scripture independently and inter-textually. A scholarly approach is applied to both traditional and trendy views. This year’s theme is “The Continuation and/or Discontinuation of National Israel according to the OT and NT.” It will revolve around the fulfillment of the OT promises regarding the return and renewal of Israel after its defeat and deportation. We explore questions such as: Are the OT promises conditional, unconditional or a mixture? Has this return “to the land” already happened or is it yet future? If already fulfilled, when? In OT or post-OT/NT times? If not, why? Is the fulfillment national or spiritual? Does so-called “Replacement Theology” need to be replaced? Is it exegetically defensible or not? Does any view deserve the indictment “anti-Semitic?” How does Messianic Judaism fit or not fit the nature of the NT churches or what Jesus called “my church” he would build? For more information, contact Creig Marlowe (creig.marlowe@etf.edu) and Gareth (Gary) Cockerill (cockerill.gareth@gmail.com).

  • Gareth Cockerill, Presiding
  • David Stark, Faulkner University
    To Your Seed I Will Give . . . : The Land(s) Promised to Abraham in Genesis and Second Temple Judaism (20 min)
  • Joel White, Freie Theologische Hochschule Gießen
    John’s Baptism as a Symbolic Enactment of the Return from Exile (20 min)
  • Joshua Coutts, Providence Theological Seminary
    “My people will know my name”: Jewish Identity and the Name of God in John’s Gospel (20 min)
  • Walter Marlowe, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Respondent (20 min)
  • Discussion (25 min)