“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
This book, The Temple and the Church’s Mission, has been one of the most profound books I have ever read. Like Carl Truman from Westminster Theological Seminary, I can confess that this book has fundamentally changed the way I read the Bible.
About the Book
In this comprehensive study, Dr. 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.
Published September 2004
About the Author: G. K. Beale (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia).
Other Books by G.K. Beale
- A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New
- The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts
- We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry
- The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism
- The Use of Daniel in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and in the Revelation of St. John
Commentaries by G.K. Beale