Heaven on Earth

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  • Copyright: 2003-12-31
  • Publisher: Authentic Media
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The temple stood at the very heart of Israelite religion and casts its shadow across Christian faith and spirituality. The temple is the biblical symbol par excellence of the glory of God's presence with his people. Any Christian theology that attempts to grapple with God's indwelling of creation, with heaven on earth, must get to grips with the meaning of the temple and its fulfillment in Christ and his body, the church. In this book evangelical scholars examine the temple in all the key Old and New Testament documents, from Genesis to Revelation and then consider its contemporary significance. This book not only makes an important contribution to the study of the temple in various biblical texts but also to the project of a unified Biblical Theology and its implications for Systematic Theology.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Exodus and the biblical theology of the tabernaclep. 11
From tent of meeting to temple : presence, rejection and renewal of divine favourp. 23
'Did I ever ask for a house of cedar?' : the contribution of 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17 to the theology of the templep. 35
A curious silence : the temple in 1 and 2 Kingsp. 49
The temple in Ezekielp. 59
The temple restoredp. 71
God's image, his cosmic temple and the high priest : towards an historical and theological account of the incarnationp. 81
The temple in Luke's gospelp. 101
The temple in the gospel according to Johnp. 121
A tale of two perspectives? : the place of the temple in Actsp. 135
New temples in Corinth : Paul's use of temple imagery in the ethics of the Corinthian correspondencep. 151
The new temple : Christology and ecclesiology in Ephesians and 1 Peterp. 161
The temple in Hebrews : is it there?p. 177
The final vision of the apocalypse and its implications for a biblical theology of the templep. 191
A little dwelling on the divine presence : towards a 'whereness' of the triune Godp. 211
The temple in the theology of Karl Barthp. 231
The temple in contemporary Christian Zionismp. 247
Epilogue : heaven on earthp. 269
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