I read an earlier book by Max King, The Spirit of Prophecy, in the early 1990s (originally published in 1971). I was fascinated with King’s exegesis of scripture in ways I had not previously considered. He made me think. I expected no less in this new book, Irrevocable, likely King’s last book (he is almost 90 years old).
In Irrevocable, King goes into great depth on just three chapters of the Bible, Romans 9-11. Within these chapters, he parses and analyzes, compares and contrasts every aspect possible. I found it hard to keep up. Maybe my brain is more tired now.
From what I did grasp, King says this difficult section by the apostle Paul is good news, not bad news, for all mankind, not just the Roman readers.
King goes to great lengths to prove that God’s gift of salvation is inclusive, not exclusive. He explains that both Jews and Gentiles are invited into the Kingdom. God wants all to be united, healed, whole.
If you can stay engaged with King’s scholarly writings (I struggled to stay interested, alas), you’ll learn not only about Paul’s New Testament theology, but also about God’s dealings with Israel in the Old Testament and how it relates to the New Testament.
I wish my dad were still here to read Irrevocable. Before he died, my dad had begun compiling his own book on Romans. I’m sure he would have enjoyed King’s scholarly approach, including tons of quotes from other authors and myriads of biblical references.
If you enjoy heavily academic books and like to be challenged in your thinking, Irrevocable might be for you.
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My thanks to SpeakEasy
for the review copy of this book
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