For several years two groups of dispensationalists, commonly known by the terms traditionalists and progressives, have engaged in an ongoing debate centered around three crucial issues: 1. The interpretation of Scripture. What rules of hermeneutics our understanding of Scripture? 2. The Abrahamic, Davidic, and new covenants. To whom do these covenants apply and how are they fulfilled or yet to be fulfilled? 3. Israel and the church. How are we to understand the present relationship and future destiny of these two peoples of God? In an irenic debate format, this book demonstrates that those on either side of the issues care deeply about Scripture and its meaning. "Each (contributor) should be given credit for a congenial and helpful contribution to the dispensational discussion."
Herbert W. Bateman IV (PhD, Dallas Th eological Seminary) has taught Greek language and exegesis for more than twenty years. He is the author or editor of many works on the General Epistles, including Charts on the Book of Hebrews, Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews, and Interpreting the General Letters . Darrell L. Bock is Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. A former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he is the author of the best-selling Breaking the Da Vinci Code and numerous works in New Testament studies, including Jesus According to Scripture. Elliott E. Johnson is professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. He holdsa a B.S. degree from Northwestern University, and Th.M. and Th.D. degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of Expository Hermeneutics: An Introduction and contributed three significant pieces on hermeneutics in Hermeneutics, Inerrancy and the Bible [papers from ICBI Summitt II], Walvoord: A Tribute, and Issues in Dispensationalsim. J. Lanier Burns is chairman and professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He holds a B.A. degree from Davidson College, Th.M. and Th.D. degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He contributed to Dispensationalsim, Israel, and the Church: The Search for Definition. Stanley D. Toussaint (Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is the senior professor emeritus of Bible exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has taught at DTS since 1960 and has pastored for more than twenty years. An editor, author, teacher, and conference speaker, he has also taught in Christian schools in the Middle East, Australia, and the Far East.