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Book Review: The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism by David Hummel

Jill Hurley

Vol. 6, No. 1

Summer 2024

Pages: 1‒8

DOI: 10.33929/sherm.2024.vol6.no1.01


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Dispensationalism, Ouroboros, Metaphorical Theology, New Christian Right, Cannibal Capitalism

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This article is a review of David Hummel’s The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism, a book that questions whether the academic debate around dispensationalism is truly dead. By exploring through the lens of metaphorical theology, we look at how commercialization caused academic dispensationalism to self-cannibalize. Applying analysis to both the ouroboros and butterfly metaphors we can examine whether dispensationalism is dead or if there is a potential for a newer, stronger version of academic debate on the topic to resurface once again. Equally as plausible, is the notion that dispensationalism has changed its meaning through the metamorphosis process of changing from academic dispensationalism to pop-dispensationalism. By looking at the meaning change that occurs at the point of transaction, we see that the biography of dispensationalism shows a significant shift in meaning as it becomes a commercial hit.


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