Fulfillment in Continuity: The Orthodox Christian Theology of Biblical Israel

Demetrios E. Tonias 1
  • 1 , Hellenic College, MA 01880, Wakefield


Concentrating on the Orthodox theology of biblical Israel within the context of fulfillment theology, the argument is that the early Church envisioned itself as the continuation of Israel of the Jewish Bible rather than its replacement. In the author’s view, the current understanding of the distinction between replacement and fulfillment theology, the early Christian theological conception of the Church as Israel, and the ways in which both contemporaneous pagans and Jews viewed the nascent Christian faith support this assertion.

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