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Covenant and the People of God
Essays in Honor of Mark S. Kinzer


Edited by Jonathan Kaplan, Jennifer M. Rosner and David J. Rudolph


Covenant and the People of God gathers twenty-four essays from friends and colleagues of Messianic Jewish theologian and New Testament scholar Mark S. Kinzer, in honor of his seventieth birthday. The essays are organized around two central themes that have animated Kinzer's work: the nature of the covenant and what it means to be the people of God. The volume includes fascinating discussions of some of the most sensitive areas related to Jewish-Christian dialogue, post-supersessionist interpretation of Scripture, and the theological shape of Messianic Judaism. Among the contributors are scholars working in North America, Europe, and Israel. They include: Gabriele Boccaccini, Douglas A. Campbell, Holly Taylor Coolman, Gavin D'Costa, Jean-Miguel Garrigues, Douglas Harink, Richard Harvey, Vered Hillel, Jonathan Kaplan, Daniel Keating, Amy-Jill Levine, Antoine Levy, Gerald McDermott, Michael C. Mulder, David M. Neuhaus, Isaac W. Oliver, Ephraim Radner, Jennifer M. Rosner, David J. Rudolph, Thomas Schumacher, Faydra L. Shapiro, R. Kendall Soulen, Lee B. Spitzer, and Etienne Veto.

Does a Divine Messiah Fit Within Judaism?
Messianic Jewish and Traditional Jewish Scholars Discuss

Traditional Jewish scholar, Dr. Zev Garber and Messianic Jewish scholar, Dr. Mark Kinzer participate in a discussion on whether a divine Messiah fits within Judaism and how Messianic Judaism's view of Jesus's incarnation affects its relationship to the broader Jewish world. This discussion took place at the 2020 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting to interact with the ideas presented in Dr. Kenneth Hanson’s and Dr. Zev Garber’s book, Judaism and Jesus, a book analyzing the historical Jesus and Messianic Judaism.


Who is Rabbi Dr. Mark S. Kinzer?

Few scholars have had more impact than Mark Kinzer...An ever-gracious interlocutor and a brilliant and creative thinker, Mark Kinzer has charted a path worthy of the utmost attention. 

Matthew Levering, Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

Mark Kinzer’s work has been foundational to the development of a theologically robust and responsible Messianic Judaism in the 21st century, a contribution that will lead to significant reverberations in the wider Jewish and Christian worlds. 

David Rudolph, author of A Jew to the Jews (Mohr Siebeck 2011) and editor of Introduction to Messianic Judaism (Zondervan 2013)


[Mark Kinzer is] a breakthrough thinker who has taken Messianic Judaism to a new level of theological sophistication.

Richard Mouw, former President of Fuller Theological Seminary


[Mark Kinzer is] widely regarded as the [Messianic Jewish] movement’s foremost theologian.

R. Kendall Soulen, Wesley Theological Seminary


As a Messianic Jewish theologian, Mark Kinzer now joins the ranks of David Stern, Daniel Juster, and earlier Hebrew Christians such as Jacob Jocz, Joesph Rabinowitz, and Paul Levertoff. Each in their time helped to shape the aims and aspirations of Jewish believers in Jesus, articulating their views in the context of Church and Synagogue.

Richard Harvey, Mishkan


Very perceptive in this field of Jewish-Christian relations are the pioneering books of the Messianic Jew Mark S. Kinzer.

Henk Bakker, Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam


I have come to recognize Mark Kinzer as a major theologian whose work deserves serious attention in the Catholic world.

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria


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