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Covenant and the People of God

Essays in Honor of Mark S. Kinzer

Editors: Jonathan Kaplan, Jennifer M. Rosner and David J. Rudolph

ISBN-13: 9781666732436 (Paperback)

Publisher: Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers (May 25, 2023)

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. 




  • Jonathan Kaplan is associate professor of Hebrew Bible and early Judaism at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Jennifer M. Rosner is affiliate assistant professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

  • David J. Rudolph is professor of New Testament and Jewish studies and director of Messianic Jewish studies at The King’s University in Southlake, Texas.


  • Gabriele Boccaccini, Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Early Rabbinic Literature, University of Michigan

  • Douglas A. Campbell, Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

  • Holly Taylor Coolman, Assistant Professor of Theology, Providence College

  • Gavin D'Costa, Professor in Catholic Theology, University of Bristol

  • Jean-Miguel Garrigues, Professor Emeritus at Domuni Universitas in Toulouse and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology.

  • Douglas Harink, Professor Emeritus of Theology, The King’s University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

  • Richard S Harvey, associate lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Jewish studies at All Nations Christian College, UK.

  • Vered Hillel, Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity, and Academic Dean of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute.

  • Jonathan Kaplan, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism, and Director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

  • Daniel Keating, Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and Associate Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School; Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK.

  • Antoine Levy, Professor at the University of Eastern Finland (School of Theology) and Director of the Helsinki Studium Catholicum.

  • Gerald McDermott, Anglican Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School.

  • Michael C. Mulder, Lecturer in Judaïca and New Testament and Senior researcher in the Research Programme BEST (Biblical Exegesis and Theology), Theological University of Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

  • David M. Neuhaus, Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Director of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem.

  • Isaac W. Oliver, Associate Professor in Religious Studies, Bradley University

  • Ephraim Radner, Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College

  • Jennifer M. Rosner, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, The King’s University, Azusa Pacific University, and the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute.

  • David J. Rudolph, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Director of Messianic Jewish Studies, The King’s University.

  • Thomas Schumacher, Professor of Theology, University of Freiburg.

  • Faydra L. Shapiro, Executive Director for the Israel Center for Jewish-Christian Relations and an associate fellow at the Philos Project.

  • R. Kendall Soulen, Professor of Systematic Theology, Emory University, Candler School of Theology.

  • Lee B. Spitzer, Historian for the Baptist World Alliance and Affiliate Professor of Church History at Northern Seminary in Chicago; Retired General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA.

  • Étienne E. Vetö, Bishop of Thérouanne and Auxiliary Bishop of Reims, France; Professor of Theology and Director of the “Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies” at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome, Italy).



"Few scholars have had more impact than Mark Kinzer. This extraordinary volume is more than a festschrift; it is a testimony to a vision and to its spiritual fruitfulness, rooted in deep faith. 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 has been a mentor and dialogue partner for many theologians of different religious affiliations wrestling with questions arising from the fact that Christ has called 'together a people made up of Jew and gentile' (Lumen Gentium §9). This festschrift of essays centering on Kinzer's vision of bilateral ecclesiology and the mission and witness of Jews in the church by an all-star cast of twenty-four scholars will be a catalyst to further reflection."
--Lawrence Feingold, Professor of Theology, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis

"This beautiful volume includes essays by some of the most accomplished scholars working on the intersection between Judaism and Christianity. The notion that an observant Jew might confess Jesus as the Messiah will remain a complicated and controversial topic. There is no simple solution to this challenge, but this volume addresses a number of the sensitive dimensions of this issue in a non-polemical and post-supersessionist fashion."
--Gary A. Anderson, Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Notre Dame

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