Salvation Is from the Jews

by Ted Kyle

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Salvation Is from the Jews is a mixed bag for Protestant readers: Schoeman is a Jewish convert to Roman Catholicism-and as such, he credits the Virgin Mary with his conversion and implies in places that Roman Catholicism is the one true church. However, if one can get past this, his book offers a perspective not otherwise easily accessible about God's purposes for the Jews throughout past, present, and future history.

Among the illuminating insights into Jewish minds, Shoeman says many Jews prefer to refer to the Holocaust as the Shoah (disaster), because "holocaust" implies a sacrifice. In fact, Elie Wiesel, who first applied the term to the mass murder of millions of Jews, later said he was specifically thinking of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac.

Schoeman is at his best in explaining the dilemma which the Holocaust set for Jewish theologians: "If God is all-powerful and all-good, if He especially loves the Jewish people, and if His rewards come in this life, theneither God's goodness or His power to affect human destiny is denied" (page 140).

The author stresses the current Jewish emphasis on rewards in this life and the relative lack of scriptural teaching in the Old Testament on the after-life: "The entire issue of life after death' is to a large extent avoided," he says-perhaps because the subject has been "tainted" by Christian preemption.

Nevertheless, he insists the Chosen People had, have, and will continue to play a vital role in God's salvation plan.

Target: Theologians

Type: Messianic Judaism

Take: Mixed Bag

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