Book: Israel and the New Covenant

From Gary North’s forward in He Shall Have Dominion

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He Shall Have Dominion defends theonomic or covenantal postmillennialism. More than once, some critic of Christian Reconstruction in general and postmillennialism in particular has confronted me with this statement: “There has never been an exegetical case made for postmillennialism.” My answer always is the same: “What about Roderick Campbell’s?” The cri- tic’s answer is always the same: “I’ve never heard of Roderick Campbell.”

Roderick Campbell, a Canadian layman and businessman, wrote Israel and the New Covenant in the early 1950’s. It was published in 1954 by Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Company. These were the years before The Genesis Flood (1961) and Competent to Counsel (1970) provided P&R with a wider market and a lot more income. Campbell’s book did not receive a great deal of attention. Reformed (Calvinist) theological books written by businessmen rarely do – a lesson that I have person- ally learned, painfully and expensively.

Campbell’s book is a masterpiece: short chapters, tightly written, filled with Bible verses and clear exposition. It is a little over 350 pages long, so the average reader has no excuse for not finishing it. The book’s Preface was written by O. 1: Allis, one of the greatest Old Testament scholars of all time, author of The Five Books of Moses (1943) and Prophecy and the Church (1945), a devastating exegetical critique of dispensationalism that has yet to be answered in equal or greater detail, almost half a century after its publication. Contrary to a widely held opinion, Allis was a postmillennialist, not an amillennialist – a true heir of the theology of the old (pre-1929) Princeton Theo- logical Seminary, including its eschatology. This is why he was so enthusiastic about Israel and the New Covenant. The book went out of print in the late 1960’s. It was reprinted jointly by P&R and Geneva Divinity School Press in 1981. It is again out of print. But this is not to say that it never was in print, which is why the critics are wrong when they assert that there has never been an exegetical case for postmillennialism.

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Today, you can get a 2010 reprint of the book from Amazon.com, directly from P&R Publishing (cheaper!) and a decent set of other Christian websites.

If you have the time to read it – or even just want to keep it in reserve- go grab a copy.

(All dead tree, no ebook version. A shame.)

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