Almost without fail, as I’ve mentioned the title of the upcoming book “Discovering Dispensationalism: Tracing the Development of Dispensational Thought from the First to the Twenty-First Century” I’m co-editing, alongside my colleague, Cory M. Marsh, anyone generally conversant on church history and theology has tended to respond with a degree of skepticism, if not incredulity. Afterall, how can one trace the development of dispensational thought back to the first century, while its widely recognized that dispensationalism didn’t arrive on the scene until the mid-nineteenth century? Ostensibly, dispensationalism had not been conceived until the Anglo-Irish clergyman, John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), introduced his novel ideas to the world at-large through a series of eleven lectures delivered in the French language at Geneva in 1840. These lectures, known as “The Hopes of the Church of God, in connection with the Destiny of the Jews and the Nations, as Revealed in Prophecy,” have been commonly regarded as the initial emergence of dispensationalism. ...