The Temple and the Church’s Mission, Greg Beale, Ph.D.

Beale_TempleBp Ray Sutton (Th.D., Ph.D.) and I were in seminary at Dallas Theological Seminary with Greg Beale, who now teaches New Testament at Wheaton, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He has written a number of fine works, one of which is a commentary on Revelation (amillennial approach). Like Sutton and me, he read his way out of dispensationalism. Just recently I came across his The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. This is one of the best works I’ve read in a long time, and is especially good for us Anglicans who love worship. Beale traces the concept of temple and the dwelling of God from Genesis one through Revelation 22, quite literally, dealing with the garden of Eden as God’s dwelling place. He then makes connections with the tabernacle, the temple, and especially in the Gospels with Christ as the final temple (John 2:19ff), Acts, and Hebrews. He has long chapters on Paul’s approach in his epistles, and one chapter alone on the man of sin in the temple in 2 Thess 2, demonstrating that the “temple” where this man claims his own divinity is none other than the New Testament church—not the city of Jerusalem! Very well done with many connections from the New Testament Greek back to the Septuagint and to the Hebrew, though you don’t have to be proficient in those languages to understand 90 percent of it. This is truly what a redemptive-historical approach to the Bible should look like. AMEN.

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