|The Significance of the Early Church Fathers
with regard to Israel and the Christian Church
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The teaching of the early church fathers should be approached with both
reverent curiosity and critical caution. On the one hand it is enticing to consider
Christian leaders who were, relatively speaking, not so very far removed from
the time of the apostles and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, it is well to recall Paul's warning, about 50 A.D., to the
church at Galatia that was, so early on in the life of the church, being deluded
by false gospel teaching. He writes that, "I am amazed that you are so quickly
deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gopel, which
is really not another" (Gal. 1:6). This being the case, it should not be doubted
that subsequent church fathers could also be readily diverted from the truth.
Here our interest is chiefly concerned with the attitude and teaching of these
church fathers toward unbelievng Jews as well as the nation and the land of
Israel. With few exception, it is not a pretty picture, and this shameful record
hardly commends patristic eschatology.