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Upon This Rock: A New Look

Catholicism, Israel, and the Church

Kenneth J. Morgan

Jeremiah 31:31a
Jeremiah 31:31b
Jeremiah 31:31c

"Behold, days are coming," declares Yahweh, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah." (Jer. 31:31)

"God's plan of salvation for the world, based on the Abrahamic covenant and the later covenants with Israel that expand it, revolves around Israel in every way. Salvation comes to the world through Israel and only through Israel." (From Chapter 5)

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This Web site presents my book,

Upon This Rock: A New Look
Catholicism, Israel, and the Church

It is a technical, exegetical study of Matthew 16:13-20; John 20:21-23; 21:15-19; Romans 11; and Ephesians 2. In the main menu you can select "Book's Introduction" to read a rather thorough description of the book. It also contains a detailed outline of the book's contents. The eight pictures below also give a brief summary of the contents.

A major theme that runs through this book is the centrality of Israel in God's plan of salvation for the world. I argue that the nation of Israel, the physical seed of Jacob, was, is, and always will be God's chosen people, his covenant nation. All the Old Testament's promises and prophecies made to national Israel will be fulfilled by them. You can read more of this by selecting "Book's Dedication" and "The Centrality of Israel" in the menu.

Excerpt from Foreword by
Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.

President Emeritus
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"This book is more than a mere academic exercise; it is the foundational work for that long awaited study in one of the most neglected areas of Systematic Theology: viz., Ecclesiology, the doctrine of the Church. Now that work will be a new possibility because of the work of Ken Morgan in this text."

You can read Dr. Kaiser's entire Foreword by selecting that item in the menu.

Topics Explored In the Book In Depth

Church Picture

"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church"
(Matt. 16:18)

Keys Picture

"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven"
(Matt. 16:19)

Binding and Loosing Picture

"Whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven."
(Matt. 16:19)

Confessional Picture

"If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."
(John 20:23)

Feed My Sheep Picture

"Shepherd My sheep"
(John 21:16)

Jewish Roots

What is the relationship between Israel and the "church"?

Olive Tree Picture

What does Paul's metaphor of the olive tree in Romans 11 represent?

Fellow Citizens Picture

Does Paul say in Ephesians 2 that Gentiles become "citizens" of Israel?

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