NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sadly, anti-Semitism is on the rise across the globe. Sadder still, some of it comes from within the Christian community. In response, author and theologian R. L. Solberg has pledged to donate 100% of the profits from his latest book to fight anti-Semitism around the world.
Solberg’s second book, Divergence: Examining Jewish-Christian Relations in the Early Church (Williamson College Press) will be released July 13th, 2021. Williamson College president Dr. Ed Smith notes, “We are all about promoting peace and unity, especially across racial lines. Rob has put together a fascinating historical expedition that challenges a common notion about early Jewish-Christian relations.”
The book grew out of Solberg’s curiosity about the nature of racial relations in the early centuries of the Christian faith. “There are a lot of ideas circulating today about the early Christians and their treatment of the Jewish people,” Solberg said. “I had to research it for myself. After all, Christianity was birthed in a first-century Jewish culture. Jesus was Jewish, the New Testament authors were Jewish, the first Christians were Jewish. What happened?”
In Divergence, Solberg traces Christian theology and attitudes toward the Jewish people from the New Testament through the writings of the early Church fathers to the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. In the process, he presents the modern Christian with a biblical perspective on anti-Semitism and how they are to treat their Jewish brothers and sisters.
Despite its academic subject matter, Divergence offers a compelling read for any Christian interested in the early history of the faith. Dr. Smith notes, “We feel this book has a timely message and some important things to say about Jewish-Christian unity.” Solberg adds, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to address this issue both topically and financially.”
The profits from Divergence will be donated to Stand With Us, an international, non-partisan organization headquartered in Los Angeles that supports Israel and fights anti-Semitism around the world through education.
Book Release Party in Nashville
The release party will be Tuesday, July 13th at the campus of Williamson College in Franklin, TN. The event will include an interview with the author, guest speakers, and live music from a Nashville Praise Symphony string quartet. It starts at 6:30 PM CST and will be streamed live on R. L. Solberg’s YouTube and Facebook channels. See www.DivergenceBook.com for details.
About the Author
R. L. Solberg is an author, theologian, and apologist based in Nashville, TN. He studied at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Williamson College. He is also studying Biblical Hebrew at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Solberg is the author of Torahism: Are Christians Required to Keep the Law of Moses? and a leading apologist in defending Christianity against the heresy of Torahism. | www.RLSolberg.com
About Williamson College
Established in 1998, Williamson College is a non-profit, Christian liberal arts college that welcomes students of all ages and cultures. They offer associate, bachelor, and master degrees and are accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). WC is not affiliated with a specific denomination and is guided by a twelve-member board of trustees. | www.williamsoncc.edu
Dr. Ed Smith
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