How Jewish is the New Testament?

David Rudolph, PhD

Much teaching and preaching on the New Testament begins with the premise that Jesus started a new religion called Christianity and that the Church is a kind of new and improved Israel that superseded the Jewish people as the people of God, a view known as supersessionism.

Modern New Testament scholars have begun to question these historical and theological assumptions, leading to a new school of thought emerging in the field of New Testament studies that some refer to as post-supersessionist interpretation. This approach affirms the Jewishness of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. 

There are varieties of post-supersessionist interpretation. Messianic Jewish (MJ) post-supersessionist interpretation maintains that the New Testament writers affirmed (1) God's covenant fidelity to the Jewish people, (2) that Jesus is Israel's Messiah and participates in the unique identity of the God of Israel, (3) that Jesus-believing Gentiles are members of God's people without becoming Jews, and (4) that Jesus-believing Jews should continue to live as Jews in keeping with Israel's calling to be a distinct and enduring nation. 

The purpose of this website is to track post-supersessionist New Testament scholarship of various kinds and to make it freely available when possible.