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The last six months worth of IVP books just arrived. Note that Staff Priviledge prices mean I only pay one pound in five for these. These plus yesterdays delivery will keep me 'in books' for a very long time. They also leave me with a shelf-shortage. And the new Don Carson OT/NT Commentary isn't even out yet.

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  1. I do believe that I want your job, whatever it is!

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  2. Yeah, you do, you do!!
    I teach the Bible to students :)

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  3. Ooooh looking forward to the book stall at Biblical Evangelism - what are the top load of books?

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  4. Top of the pile there are some Zactrust books.

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  5. I got those a good while ago :) And a new bookcase, which helped with the space problem which has been developing for a while! I'm looking forward to a good bit of reading in my Christmas leave.

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  6. I'm still waiting for my copies! I'd begun to think they'd forgotten about me ... ah, well, good things come to those who wait.

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  7. Books come to those who pester Mr Bagley...

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  8. Interested to know what you make of "The forgotten Christ" - these are the papers from the Affinity study conference which was, I think, the deepest conference I had ever attended (!!) but also one of the most stirring - it made me preach my current topical series on Christ. Enjoy.

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  9. Adrian,

    I was there too and it was excellent.

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  10. oohhhhh thats sooo cool..! I look forward to your review on those books. Some of them I really want to read...but I have to wait till after exams :o(! Your job is the best tho!

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  11. I had the opportunity to see an online preview version of Sizer's book. The title and book cover is a flagrant exaggeration, Christian Zionists don't yet join the Israeli army. Zion's real Christian soldiers are the 150 Israeli Messianic Jews currently doing their military service. Sizer's stigmatising of all CZs as militaristic tools of the occupation and his contention that Christian Zionists that are the real reason for the conflict not being resolved sooner is just staggering. How can nutty dispensationalists really be to blame for the conflict? His contention that "evangelicals [must] realise uncritical support of Israel only perpetuates the conflict" is a massive distortion -no, Arab terrorism and the desire to wipe Israel off the map perpetuates the conflict. I can barely get beyond the promo blurb without chocking on my own vomit!

    Attacking the extremes of John Hagee and his kin is as easy as shooting ducks in a barrel, Sizer is good at that but it is the rider he attaches to his plausible section that causes problems. He has an extreme one sided politicisation which is grossly unfair to critical supporters of Israel such as myself and has the potential to erode serious Christian concern for Jewish mission. Sizer has in the past been accused of misrepresenting to the point of libel those with whom he disagrees, www.cmj.org.uk/articles/sizer.html

    In his preface, Sizer laments the fact that Melanie Phillips ccused him of antisemitism and refers readers to his online reply to her, which lauds as "leading Jewish academics" Israel Shahak (an Israeli antisemite - yes, they do exist - whose work can be found on Nazi websites), Noam Chomsky (who is known for extreme intellectual dishonesty and for his links to neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers) & Uri Davis (an observer member of the PLO who played a central role in promoting the antisemitic play "Perdition" in the 1980s, which alleged that Zionist leaders collaborated with the Nazis in perpetrating the Holocaust). Later in the book, Sizer draws an obscene moral comparison between Israel's policy of nuclear ambivalence and Iran's aggressive nuclear posturing, and edits out of history Mahmood Ahmadinejad's genocidal threats to wipe Israel off the map!

    Sizer's theology follows an essentially Augustinian supersessionism which has, historically, had quite disastrous consequences for the Jewish people and is flawed in its hermeneutics, exegesis and its ethical outworkings. For an alternative approach, I'd recommend Barry Horner's book "Future Israel - why Christian anti-Judaism must be challenged" here and here,
    or the compelling chapter on "Jew and Gentile in the NT" in "Faith's Framework" by former Moore College lecturer Don Robinson, here

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  12. James... thanks for your comments. I just got sent the Sizer book - at some point I guess I'll read it and consider his views...

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  13. BTW the actual published version of Rev Sizer's book does not include the reference to Melanie Phillips and his response.

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