Has the Church Replaced Israel?

For most of Church history, the place of Israel in God’s present and end-times scenario has been controversial, divisive, and egregiously flawed.

It was Catholic theologian Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354-430), better known as Saint Augustine, who spread the teaching that though God had chosen the Jews as a special people, their dispersion by the Roman Empire in A.D. 70 was a fulfillment of prophecy.

Augustine believed God allowed the Jewish people to survive this “scattering” as a warning to Christians regarding the consequences of disobedience to God. Subsequently, Augustine began to question those portions of the Bible relating to Israel and erroneously surmised those passages were allegorical (figurative, or a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning) rather than literal.

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