God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth
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The temple has always been a source of rich scholarship, but what does it mean today? Tracing the theme of God's dwelling place from Genesis to Revelation, Beale and Kim demonstrate how the Lord has always desired to dwell among us; and challenge the church to bring God's presence to the ends of the earth.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830844147
ISBN-13: 9780830844142

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Preaching's 2014 Best Books for Preachers 2014 Best Missions-Oriented Biblical Study, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Just like we do today, the writers and chief actors of the Old Testament felt a deep longing for the presence of God. It is symbolized in the temple ruins, and before it the temple itself, and before that the ark of the covenant and the tabernacle that housed it, and before that the Garden of Eden. In response to this longing, God shares his ultimate mission, in which his people play a part: the expansion of Eden, the temple of God's presence, to all peoples throughout the earth. 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 take temple theology off the bookshelf and bring it to our modern-day life, where the church is instructed and exhorted in its purpose. From Eden to the new Jerusalem, we are God's temple on the earth in our day, the firstfruits of the new creation. 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.

Author Bio

G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) holds the J. Gresham Machen Chair of New Testament and is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. His books include (New International Greek Testament Commentary), (The IVP New Testament Commentary Series), and Mitchell Kim (PhD, Wheaton College) is lead pastor of Living Water Alliance Church in the Chicago suburbs. Building on extensive experience in the immigrant church, he has helped found and guide Joshua Generation to equip youth workers to reach their generation for Christ. He also teaches Bible in the graduate school at Wheaton College and participated in the Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010. Of Korean descent, he was born in southern California, raised in Tokyo and lives in Naperville, IL with his wife Eunsil and their three children.

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God dwelling in the midst of his people: this staggering vision is the heart of God's covenantal purposes from Genesis to Revelation. God Dwells Among Us brings decades of scholarship on this topic to a wider audience. More than that, it shows how this major biblical theme is the engine of mission in the world today. This clear and compelling study is a real feast.
-Michael Horton,
Westminster Seminary, California

In Scripture, God dwells not only up above the world but also among us, with us and within us. Our hearts long to hear more of God's presence, his promise to be with us. One important way for us to understand God's presence in Scripture is through its teaching about the temple and of Jesus as the true temple. Greg Beale has developed this theme cogently in scholarly writings. In God Dwells Among Us he and Mitchell Kim have made these ideas accessible to working pastors. It is a valuable aid to preaching and an excellent antidote to the feeling of loneliness that afflicts many today. I recommend it highly.
-John Frame,
Reformed Theological Seminary

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  1. John M Kight
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    January 23, 2016
    John M Kight
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    God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth found its beginning in G. K. Beales earlier work The Temple and the Churchs Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God (IVP Academic, 2004). It is there that Beale develops a fuller exploration of the biblical themes of tabernacle and temple, from Genesis to Revelation, exploring both the ancient Near Eastern and Second Temple Jewish view of the temple (p. 7). Co-author Mitchell Kim subsequently developed the aim of Beales work into a seven-week sermon series preached at Living Water Alliance Church in Chicagoland. This material was further condensed and distilled into a conference seminar before later being adjusted and released in its present form.

    God Dwells Among Us rightly recognizes that the purpose of mankind has always been mission oriented. God has created a people to reflect his presence, character, and image to the ends of the earth as the priests of his dwelling place. This purpose began in Eden, the first temple, and continues into the eschaton as God establishes his eschatological temple among us. God Dwells Among Us opens with three orienting chapters that position the reader within the overall notion of the book. It is here that Beale and Kim present Eden as a temple, with the intended mission of Adam and Eve being to reflect Gods presence to the ends of the earth. The first couple failed, sin entered into the equation, and the mission was reassigned to the Patriarchs and beyond. Beale and Kim then guide the reader through the Mosaic period and the tabernacle as the temporary dwelling place of God, the ministry of the Prophets and promised restoration of Eden, Jesus as the new temple in the gospels, the early Christians as the continuation of the mission to expand Eden to the ends of the earth, and the New Heavens and New Earth as the climax of the Edenic expansion.

    The implications of the biblical theme of temple reach into nearly every corner of life in Christ. It is here that Beale and Kim conclude with two important chapters dedicated to the hermeneutical explanation and practical importance of the temple theme previously journeyed. While there is certainly a plethora of practical riches and explanation littered throughout the entirety of the book, it is here that Beale and Kim helpfully connect the dots to the reader by answering anticipated questions and founding the significance of the temple theme into the mission-oriented purpose of mankind. This is likely the most valuable aspect of the entire book. It brings the canonical journey of the temple theme to its necessary conclusion and provides the reader with a significant foundation with which to gaze upon God and his purpose in this world. But the temple theme isnt presented without reference as though it the authors efforts were imaginary aspirations. Rather, the reader will encounter citation after citation, and I mean citation after citation of biblical references. It will be clear to the reader that Beale and Kim have done their homework, and to the benefit of the reader, they have clearly presented the fruits of such labor.

    God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth by G. K. Beale and Mitchell Kim is a clear and persuasive exploration into one of the most important themes of biblical theology. Beale and Kim have effectively presented a practical and engaging vision of Gods covenantal purpose for mankind that is firmly positioned within the context of the entire canon. The practical significance of such will be enough to radically alter the way you read the Scriptures and understand the mission of God in this world. God Dwells Among Us has provided a clear example of biblical theology par excellence. I am confident that your head and heart will be connected in all their proper places. It comes highly recommended!

    I received a review copy of this book in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must-read theology for everyone: biblical theology at its best!
    December 16, 2014
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
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    Christians who love the Bible, should love biblical theology. More than any other discipline, biblical theology has the power to take the student on an exciting journey into the overall meaning of the biblical text. Early on in my study of biblical theology, I was told about the transformative power of one particular book and one particular biblical theme. That book was "The Temple and the Churchs Mission" by G.K. Beale (IVP). Eventually I read through that book and now agree with all the praise that was heaped upon it.

    Beales work on the temple, showing how that theme is developed from Eden all the way to the New Jerusalem, can be truly transformative. Beale is not the only scholar to uncover this biblical theme, but his book perhaps more than any other, has advanced our understanding of all that is meant by Gods pledge to dwell with man in a visible temple.

    The one drawback to Beales earlier title was that it was quite difficult to work through. Beale is exhaustive in his treatment of primary and secondary literature. He builds cases for each of the NT allusions he finds to OT passages. He interacts with the second temple Judaistic writings in his effort to understand what the people of the Bibles day would have thought when they heard various images and themes about the temple. All of that reads more like a theological tome than a helpful and practical book for church use.

    Finally, Beale has updated his original book and simplified it. Many thanks are due Mitchell Kim, a pastor who has used Beales material and also developed his own on the same theological topic. Together (and with the help of IVP) they have created a readable, shorter version of Beales original title, and even advanced beyond that book with more fully developed application of this theme for practical church ministry.

    This new work, "God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth" by G.K. Beale and Mitchell Kim (IVP), is going to be my go-to book to give people interested in biblical theology. It applies biblical theology for the church and will be useful for lay teachers, pastors and Bible students everywhere.

    "God Dwells Among Us" is well written, clear and concise. It provides numerous applications, and takes the time to show how the interpreters arrive at their conclusions. The book does not directly take on dispensationalism, but does explain certain assumptions which may provide a reason as to why many modern Christians have not seen the full nature of the temple theme as applicable to Church today. This volume also doesnt tackle all the questions posed in the bigger work. It doesnt directly deal with Ezekiels temple all that much, and it doesnt major on ancient cosmology as a way of understanding the Eden = Temple image. You will have to get the larger work for those questions.

    The book includes a helpful discussion on typology and is much more fully developed, pastorally, than the older work. I appreciate too, that the punchline and the take-home application, are not saved for the end, but over and over throughout the book applications are made to the NT understanding of the OT teaching on the Temple and how this applies to us today.

    I highly recommend this book. This is a must read theology book for everyone!

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by InterVarsity Press. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.
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