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Temple and the Church's Mission : A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God,9780830826186

Temple and the Church's Mission : A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God

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Pub. Date:
7/1/2004
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Intervarsity Pr
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Summary

"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.

Author Biography

Gregory K. Beale is Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Series preface 9(2)
Author's preface 11(4)
Preface by Mary Dorinda Beale 15(4)
Abbreviations 19(294)
1 Introduction
23(6)
The final vision of the Apocalypse and its implications for a biblical theology of the temple
23(3)
A brief comment on the interpretative approach of this book
26(3)
2 Cosmic symbolism of temples in the Old Testament
29(52)
The Old Testament view of Israel's earthly temple as a reflection of the heavenly or cosmic temple
31(14)
Judaism's view of the symbolism of the temple
45(3)
Conclusion: symbolism of the temple in the Old Testament and Judaism
48(2)
Israel's temple in the light of the Ancient Near Eastern view of the earthly temple as a reflection of the heavenly or cosmic temple
50(10)
Divine 'rest' after creating the cosmos and after constructing the sanctuary
60(6)
Israel's earthly tabernacle and temple as reflections and recapitulations of the first temple in the Garden of Eden
66(15)
3 The expanding purpose of temples in the Old Testament
81(42)
Humanity's kingly and priestly role in serving God in the temple
81(1)
The cosmic expansion of the garden sanctuary through Adam's rule as a priest-king in God's image
81(6)
The Ancient Near Eastern concept of the cosmic expansion of temples through the rule of priest-kings in the image of a deity
87(6)
Adam's commission as a priest-king to rule and expand the temple is passed on to others
93(30)
4 The expanding end-time purpose of temples in the Old Testament
123(46)
The view of the Old Testament
123(31)
Views of early Jewish commentators
154(12)
Concluding thoughts on the Old Testament and Jewish views about an expanding garden or temple
166(3)
5 The 'already and not yet' fulfilment of the end-time temple in Christ and his people: the Gospels
169(32)
Introduction
169(2)
Jesus as the Last Adam and the temple of the new creation in the Synoptic Gospels
171(9)
Excursus: an early patristic text linking the Adamic commission to Christ and the church as a temple under construction
180(12)
Jesus as the temple of the new creation in John
192(9)
6 The inauguration of a new temple in the book of Acts
201(44)
The descent of the new temple in the form of the Spirit at Pentecost
201(15)
Christ as the cornerstone of the new temple
216(1)
Christ as the emerging new temple: Stephen's testimony
216(16)
Christ as the emerging new temple: James's testimony
232(13)
7 The inauguration of a new temple in the epistles of Paul
245(24)
1 Corinthians 3
245(8)
2 Corinthians
253(6)
Ephesians
259(4)
Colossians
263(6)
8 The temple in 2 Thessalonians 2
269(24)
The content of the false teaching in Thessalonica
269(2)
The prophesied sign of the final future apostasy
271(1)
The prophesied sign of the future Antichrist in the temple
272(12)
The beginning fulfilment of Antichrist's prophesied defilement of the temple in the Thessalonian church
284(4)
Conclusion: does Paul spiritualize Daniel's temple prophecy? A 'literal' versus a 'redemptive-historical' approach
288(5)
9 The inauguration of a new temple in Hebrews
293(20)
The temple in Hebrews 8
294(6)
Christ as the veil of the heavenly end-time tabernacle
300(1)
Christ as the heavenly end-time tabernacle itself
301(1)
'Mount Zion' and the 'heavenly Jerusalem' as equivalent to the end-time temple
301(8)
Excursus: further biblical-theological reflections related to Hebrews' contention that the eternal end-time temple cannot be 'handmade'
309(4)
10 The world-encompassing temple in Revelation 313(22)
The church as the eschatological temple in Revelation 11:1-4
313(15)
Other texts in the Apocalypse that further contribute to understanding the end-time temple in Revelation 11 and 21 - 22
328(3)
The church as the eschatological temple in 1 Peter 2 and its relationship to Revelation's temple
331(2)
Excursus on Christ as the foundation stone of the temple, and, hence of the new creation in the light of the Ancient Near East
333(2)
11 The temple in Ezekiel 40 - 48 and its relationship to the New Testament 335(30)
The contextual connections of chapters 40 - 48 within the book of Ezekiel that point to a non-structural end-time temple
336(4)
The descriptions within chapters 40 - 48 that point to a non-structural end-time temple
340(6)
Is the temple-city in Revelation 21 the fulfilment of Ezekiel's vision?
346(7)
Conclusion
353(1)
Excursus: further reflections on the nature of Ezekiel's vision of the temple
354(11)
12 Theological conclusions: the physical temple as a foreshadowing of God's and Christ's presence as the true temple 365(30)
The consummate eschatological stage of the world-encompassing temple in Revelation 21:1 - 22:5
365(8)
Hermeneutical reflections on the theological relationship of the Old Testament temple to the temple in the New Testament
373(12)
Theological reflections on the relationship of the Old Testament temple to the temple in the New Testament
385(7)
Conclusion
392(3)
13 Practical reflections on Eden and the temple for the church in the twenty-first century 395(8)
Bibliography 403(22)
Index of modern authors 425(5)
Index of Bible references 430(20)
Index of ancient sources 450


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