Excerpts from the Introduction to:
Israel, God’s Key to
By Professor David Flusser
The Special Problem
Josephson’s book is not only the best book
in its field, but also a necessary book and a great book. It should be read
by all readers of good will and recommended to others in order that they may
repent and save their soul and possibly their life.
The book deals with a special problem, the
children of Israel and their task and aim in the history of mankind. It is
written for Christians who believe that the Bible is a holy book.
The “Jewish problem” is not in periphery of
Christianity though there were many Christians who were sure that they were
good Christians, yet almost never thought about the Jews. In reality, the
Jewish problem is one of the central Christian problems: a wrong position
toward the Jews means a distorted approach to God and His Word and a
misunderstanding of the very claim of the Christian message. This I say, not
because I myself am a believing Jew, but because I have learned and have
taught the New Testament and early Christianity many years at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem. It would be easier for me to study and teach my
theme as a detached objective scholar, but when one is serious, such an
attitude is false even when you occupy yourself with obsolete problems,
e.g., with the pagan Greek religion. . . .
On the other hand, I know the positive
values of Christianity, not only from the New Testament but I am also happy
to be a friend of some Christians who have shown to me by their opinions and
their acts that Christianity could become another movement than it became in
history. . . . .