The temple has always been a source of rich scholarship and theological reflection, but what does it mean for the church's ongoing mission in the world? G. K. Beale and Mitchell Kim examine temple theology throughout Scripture, exploring how this theme relates to Christian life and witness today. From Eden to the new Jerusalem, they argue, we are God's temple on the earth, the firstfruits of the new creation.
Now part of the ESBT series, God Dwells Among Us bridges biblical theology and the needs of the church. God has always desired to dwell among us; now the church must follow its missional call to extend the borders of God's kingdom and take his presence to the ends of the earth.
Essential Studies in Biblical Theology (ESBT), edited by Benjamin L. Gladd, explore the central or "essential" themes of the Bible's grand storyline. Taking cues from Genesis 1-3, authors explore the presence of these themes throughout the entire sweep of redemption history. Written for students, church leaders, and laypeople, the ESBT offers an introduction to biblical theology.
"Gregory Beale's work on the temple in biblical theology remains seminal for understanding the whole Bible. This shorter version will enable an even wider readership to grasp the often-forgotten message that the really important thing is not how we get up to God but how God's design is to come and dwell with us."
Foreword by Mary Dorinda Beale
1. Eden as a Temple
2. Expanding Eden
3. Eden Lost?
4. Eden Remixed
5. Eden Restored
6. Eden Rebuilt
7. Eden Expanding
8. Eden's Ministry
9. Eden Completely Expanded
10. "Why Haven't I Seen This Before?"
11. Concluding Practical Reflections
Ancient Literature Index