Meyer on the Soteriological Character of Israel’s Election

“In the biblical perspective salvation was always and everywhere understood as destined precisely for Israel. ‘Salvation’ and ‘Israel’ were utterly inseparable. There was never a Saviour apart from a saved Israel, nor would there be a Messiah apart from messianic Israel. From end to end the Hebrew scriptures (as well as the non-canonical literature of Judaism) understood salvation in terms of: ‘all Israel’ (kol yisra’el) or ‘the people of Israel’ (`am yisra’el), the assembly (qahal), the congregation (`eda), and the like; Israel, in short, understood salvation in ecclesial terms. Where the salvation of the nations was promised or announced, this was conceived as an assimilation to saved Israel.” (The Aims of Jesus [San Jose: Pickwick Publications, 2002], 133-34.)

About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, transplanted to Pennsylvania...lived and taught in Eastern Europe for six years…Old Testament professor, ordained minister, occasional liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth.
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