Temple and the Church's Mission: Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

Temple and the Church's Mission: Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
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Beale, G. K.


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Listen to a lecture from Dr. Greg Beale entitled The Temple and the Church's Mission. (Christ Reformed Church)

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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. . . . And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem. . . . And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.” (Revelation 21:1-3, ESV).

In this comprehensive study, G. K. Beale argues that the Old Testament tabernacle and temples were symbolically designed to point to the end-time reality that God's presence, formerly limited to the Holy of Holies, would be extended throughout the cosmos. Hence, John's vision in Revelation 21 is best understood as picturing the new heavens and earth as the eschatological temple.

Beale's stimulating exposition traces the theme of the tabernacle and temple across the Bible's story-line, illuminating many texts and closely-related themes along the way. He shows how the significance and symbolism of the temple can be better understood in the context of ancient Near Eastern assumptions, and offers new insights into the meaning of the temple in both Old and New Testaments.

About the Author

G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the coeditor of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and the author of numerous books, including A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New and commentaries on Revelation and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

About the Series

New Studies in Biblical Theology is a series of monographs that address key issues in the discipline of biblical theology. Contributions to the series focus on one or more of three areas: (1) the nature and status of biblical theology, including its relations with other disciplines (e.g. historical theology, exegesis, systematic theology, historical criticism, narrative theology); (2) the articulation and exposition of the structure of thought of a particular biblical writer or corpus; and (3) the delineation of a biblical theme across all or part of the biblical corpora.

Above all, these monographs are creative attempts to help thinking Christians understand their Bibles better. The series aims simultaneously to instruct and to edify, to interact with the current literature, and to point the way ahead. In God’s universe, mind and heart should not be divorced: in this series we will try not to separate what God has joined together. While the notes interact with the best of scholarly literature, the text is uncluttered with untransliterated Greek and Hebrew, and tries to avoid too much technical jargon. The volumes are written within the framework of confessional evangelicalism, but there is always an attempt at thoughtful engagement with the sweep of the relevant literature.

Book Details

458 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: September 2004
ISBN 10: 0830826181
ISBN 13: 9780830826186

“This book fundamentally changed the way I read the Bible.”
- Carl S. Trueman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

“What is the new creation? The breath-taking final chapters of Revelation meld together the language of Eden, temple, and Jerusalem to describe the new heavens and new earth. From that starting point, Beale investigates the unfolding revelation of God's dwelling place that finds its ultimate expression in the coming of Jesus Christ. Along the way, Beale observes that God's unique dwelling place was never intended as a merely static concept. From Eden through the tabernacle and temple to Christ, God has always intended to expand the place of his special presence to encompass all of creation.

“Beale's Book of Revelation (NIGTC) is already a landmark commentary on Revelation. Now, with this volume, Beale demonstrates how biblical theology should be done. For example, Beale interacts frequently with secondary sources from the ancient world while carefully maintaining the unique testimony of the Scriptures. Temple also provides creative new insights into often over-looked features of Scripture. Refreshingly, Beale's insights do not generate questions concerning well-established truths. Instead, the reader approaches from a fresh angle the importance of Scripture, prayer, mission and the supremacy of Christ.”
- Matthew Harmon, Westminster Bookstore Staff

“The importance of this book lies not only in the competent handling of its chosen theme but in three other things: its evocative unpacking of the theme of the temple and its relations to broader structures of thought, including the kingdom of God; its modeling of the way biblical theology is to be done; and its capacity to cause readers to perceive fresh and wonderful things in the Scriptures, and to bow in worship and gratitude.”
- D. A. Carson

“[Beale's] exegesis and theological insights will provoke [readers] in their own study of the Temple."
- Missiology, January 2006

". . . One of the finest studies in biblical theology available.”
- Andrews University Seminary Studies, Fall 2007

“I recommend this work for anyone wrestling with eschatological issues of fulfillment or handling temple texts that are dealt with in this book. As for me, I intend to have the book handy anytime I apporach biblical theology as a guidebook in methodology.”
- Tim Barker, Truth on Fire blog, July 12, 2008

“Beale has written a comprehensive (and to my mind, convincing) biblical theology, centering on the role of the temple both in Scripture and in the Ancient Near East.”
- David Renwick, Lexington Theological Quarterly, Spring 2007