Jesus the Jew, Christ the King

Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith

Christian - Non-Fiction
130 Pages
Reviewed on 08/11/2016
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Author Biography

James Mikołajczyk is a U.S. Army veteran. His overseas tours include Kosovo, Iraq, and Korea. He earned a Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern College (Kan.) and a B.A. in Religion from American Military University. His hometown is Erie, PA. He currently lives in Fayetteville, NC.

Mikołajczyk is a member of the United Methodist Church. He published his Master's thesis as a book called Jesus the Jew, Christ the King (WestBow, 2016). He writes a blog at Christian Origins/Current Faith and serves as a contributor to Theology Corner.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Jesus the Jew, Christ the King: Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith is a non-fiction scholarly Christian text written by James Mikolajczyk. The author, whose research into this subject was the focus of his Master's in Theological Studies, examines the history of the supersessionist and dispensationalist schools of thought on Jesus Christ as Israel. He begins with a look into the Old Testament and God's initial covenants with the Jews. He also discusses the definition of Israel and the competing views over the primacy of Jew or Gentile in the makeup of Church tradition and practice. Mikolajczyk offers his view of Jesus as Israel, defending this position by arguing how Jesus's works and teachings were conversant with Biblical prophecies, and showing how his leadership provided the crucial change from that of the Biblical patriarchs into the fulfilled promise of God that was the Christ. He includes Appendices of relevant Creeds, a Glossary of Terms, and an extensive Bibliography. Citations appear throughout the text as footnotes.

James Mikolajczyk's scholarly Christian text, Jesus the Jew, Christ the King, presents complex theories in a concise and clear manner that is accessible to non-scholars and scholars alike. I appreciated his thorough and detailed footnotes, and the depth of his research into his subject. I was especially interested in his discussions on the supersessionist school of thought, which gave rise to anti-Semitism and, at its extreme, to the attempted annihilation of the Jews by Hitler. I'm also intrigued by his argument that Jesus Christ's role is as one who would unite the peoples of the earth, both Jew and Gentile. The author's writing style is perfectly suited to his subject. He presents both schools of thought in a dispassionate and scholarly way, and shows how third quest scholarship can be used to encompass the worth and supplement the weaknesses of each of them. Jesus the Jew, Christ the King: Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith is thought-provoking and an excellent springboard for further study. It's highly recommended.