• His overview of circumcision, blamelessness and righteousness is very good in the specifics. But when he tries to extend it to Pauline passages, it all falls apart as he himself recognizes (ie., p. 138 et al.) though he disregards his own insight. The Abrahamic Covenant promised that those who blessed Abraham (and his seed through the line of Isaac) would be blessed. And those who cursed him (and his seed through Isaac) would be blessed (Gen. 12:3). Or to state it in another way: God promised that He would bless His friends and destroy His enemies. In this context, God displayed this Righteousness throughout the OT, Gospels and ministry of the 12 in early Acts. to fulfil Israel's Prophetic Program, God displayed the Righteousness of God in Saving His Friends and Destroying His enemies. When we come to Paul and his epistles, however, God began to manifest the Righteousness of God in Saving His Enemies because He has no friends! And this is in reference to the Body of Christ (not the nation of Israel). The display of the BUT NOW Righteousness of God (Rom. 3:21) that justifies ungodly sinners on enemy status before God by grace and faith was given to Paul, God's worst enemy and chief sinner (1 Tim. 1), and it declares God's Righteousness because it is based on the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross. In short, what this author misses is that there isn't enough Grace in the Abrahamic Covenant to accomplish what God is doing today through the apostleship of Paul. Today God is dispensing the RICHES OF HIS GRACE that go far beyond that of Israel's covenant system. Overall a very interesting and engaging book but the author misses the larger picture and how it fits into God's Word.
    1. Darrell Bock explaining Dispensationalism? What a joke. Talk about letting the fox into the chicken coop! He's the one who is trying to destroy it. Progressive Dispensationalism is no dispensationalism. Having read most of what Bock has written...this is really a zero star but unfortunately that's not an option. For a full explanation of this go to the above website and click on "Progressive Dispensationalism" tab. There you can read a seminary paper that explains true basis of dispensational theology and at the same time completely refutes Progressive Dispensationalism.
      1. I too find this a zero. It is clearly Progressive Theology and not Dispensational.
      2. Wait, so an uneducated person who is stuck on Chafer Systematic Theology desires to interact and talk trash against Darrell Bock from behind a computer screen is supposed to be considered worthy of his opinion. Keep dreaming.
    2. Very disingenuous--either very ignorant or very dishonest--with regard to dispensational teaching. He ridicules all dispensationalism by skipping over their scholarly works and teachings and reducing it all to a scene from the fictional Left Behind movie. Psychologically....he seems to be threatened by dispensational theology. Probably because he cannot answer their teachings intelligently from the Bible and recognizes that what they teach from the actual Bible destroys much of what he puts into his own theological system. Since he can't deal with them honorably on the basis of Scriptures, he will deal with the dishonestly on the basis of a fiction. For more details on true dispensational teachings go to the above website. Having said that, some of what he says under his terminology of "cruciformity", especially with regard to the concept of agape love, is worth looking into. Thus, 2 stars.
      1. I tend to think Dr. Heiser is probably right about his educational specialty of ancient history regarding the supernatural realm, which helps to explain a few Old Testament passages. For that I give this book 4 stars. Unfortunately, his cult-like following (if you want to know what I am talking about, just listen to a few of his podcasts) has demanded he go on to explain the Bible in general and in this he is completely deficient. His explanation of Pentecost being the fulfillment of the re-gathering of all Israel into her land forevermore...well, it is so ridiculous that it demonstrates how far he will go to put his own personal pet theories above the truth of the Word of God. For that 0 stars. Overall 2 stars.
        1. LOL - I guess HE doesn't invite us anymore. Website is defunct.
      2. This was an excellent overview of Genesis. The author brought the story and characters to life and then made the ancient story applicable to modern life. No small achievement. I have a couple of critiques, however. First is in regard to the author’s tendency toward open theism. His statements are wrong and unsubstantiated. Fortunately, they can be overlooked and ignored. Second is in regard to Borgman's basic thesis that the Genesis story is God teaching (and man learning) about sacrificing the self for the benefit of others. God blesses Abraham, and Abraham blesses all the nations of the world. To Borgman this sounds like Christian agape love. But he forgets that the same passage limits blessing to those who bless Abraham--I (God) will bless those who bless you (Abraham). Here in Genesis is the beginning of the promise that God would fulfill His goals for the world through the nation Israel, blessing those that blessed her. His Prophetic program is to bless the nations through Israel and her RISE. Christian love, however, is unconditional. It blesses without regard for the merit or demerit of the other. It is GRACE love, and it reigns in the present Dispensation of Grace when God is blessing the world apart from Israel and her Law and in spite of her FALL--God's Mystery Program. This is the clarity that sound Dispensational theology teaches. Without it all is confusion. There is and in-depth explanation of this at: godinvitesyou.com