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The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling…

por G. K. Beale

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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, a New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, 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.Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.… (mais)
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By presenting explicit references and inter-textual allusions of Biblical texts, professor Beale expertly weaved together the grand storyline in the Bible on the dwelling place of God. From the created cosmos to Israel's ancient temples, through the sublime fulfillment in the God-man Jesus Christ as the perfect temple and temple-builder, Beale guides the readers along the theme as it points toward the consummate realization in the New Jerusalem, where the "Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple". What crystallizes from these pages is the divine desire of God to dwell with His chosen people, who had been given the mandate to expand God's dominion on earth and to make His glory known but repeatedly failed, until that was accomplished in the last Adam - Jesus Christ.

Though by no means an easy read, professor Beale's admirable grasp of details in both the New Testament and the Old, his exemplary exegesis of Biblical texts, together with his remarkable insights in Ancient Near Eastern studies are all evident in this magnificent work. The Temple and the Church's Mission is an exercise in biblical theology par excellence. I recommend it to every serious student of the Bible, and to any Christian who yearns to know more about God and His Heart.
  Laurence.Lai | Dec 18, 2011 |
NO OF PAGES: 458 SUB CAT I: Temple SUB CAT II: SUB CAT III: DESCRIPTION: 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. Beal'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.NOTES: Purchased online from Amazon.com. SUBTITLE: A biblical theology of the dwelling place of God
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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, a New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, 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.Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

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