the following is taken from Jane Hamilton’s, ‘God, Guns, and Israel’.
‘Out of all the places of thy dispersion, East West, North and South, His purpose is to bring thee home again and to marry thee to Himself by faith for evermore‘, (from the above). As Hamilton points out the expectation was of Jewish conversion to Christian faith. I’ve not read Finch’s book so I have no means of knowing whether his expectation was similar to that of the prophets, where penitance and faith preceded restoration, a restoration rooted in justice and righteousness. Finch may have used King James’ version, which doesn’t actually feature the word ‘perpetuity’. The NRSV features the word just three times, twice in Leviticus 25. Here, verse 23-30, the emphasis is on protection of the community, for ‘the land is mine’ (said the Lord). The 3rd reference, in Numbers 18:8 is not of land but the priestly portion, and, since we are trying to take scripture seriously, what does God say later, to one of Aaron’s descendants; “Far be it from me; for those who honour me I will honour, and those who despise me shall be treated with contempt. See, a time is coming … “ (1 Sam.2:27-36). ‘In order that’ from Genesis, ‘if only’ in Chronicles; how much evidence is needed before we take God at his word? As for ‘forever’, I’ve dealt with that elsewhere.