The Kingdom of God: A Biblical Theology
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It should take little convincing to acknowledge the emerging importance of the Kingdom of God in theology, New Testament studies, and the life of the church today. Perhaps central to the New Testament itself, this theme is re-aligning much of the church to her true identity and mission in the world.

But what exactly is the Kingdom of God? In this book, Nicholas Perrin explores this dominant metaphor, a metaphor that is paradoxically the meta-center and the mystery in Jesus’ proclamation. After canvassing interpretations by figures from Ritschl to N. T. Wright, Perrin examines the “what, who, and how” questions of the Kingdom. In his sweepingly comprehensive study, Perrin argues that the Kingdom is inaugurated in Jesus’ earthly ministry, but its final development awaits later events in history. In between the times, however, the people of God are called to participate in the reign of God by living out the distinctly Kingdom-ethic through hope, forgiveness, love, and prayer.

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Title: The Kingdom of God: A Biblical Theology
By: Nicholas Perrin
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 262
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound
ISBN: 0310499852
ISBN-13: 9780310499855
Series: Biblical Theology for Life
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Author Bio

Nicholas Perrin (PhD, Marquette University) is Franklin S. Dryness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Between 2000 and 2003 he was Research Assistant to Nicholas T. Wright. He is author of numerous books, including Thomas: The Other Gospel, Lost in Transmission, and Jesus the Temple.

Jonathan Lunde (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Talbot School of Theology of Biola University. He is coeditor (with Kenneth Berding) of Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and has contributed articles to The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels and the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Jon and his wife, Pamela, have three children and reside in Brea, California.

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In this in-depth but very readable book, Nicholas Perrin offers compelling insight after compelling insight into the nature of the kingdom of God, King Jesus, and the people of the kingdom. Perrin enriches our understanding of the kingdom, especially concerning its deep Old Testament roots, but he also calls us to greater kingdom living---even if that entails suffering.
Perrin does a great job in tracing the theology of the kingdom of God from its beginning in Genesis, through the Old Testament, to its proclamation in the Gospels. His insight on the relationship between the “I am” sayings in John’s Gospel and the kingdom is intriguing, spurring readers to rethink the significance of familiar scriptural passages. Most importantly, Perrin guides his readers to reflect on the relevance of the kingdom in their lives and how to live out the core values of the kingdom today.
Few academics have the ability to explain a complex topic in terms that lay audiences will both understand and enjoy, but Nicholas Perrin has done just that. He patiently and skillfully walks the reader through one of the central themes of the Bible, elucidating the story (and the reality) of God’s kingdom---past, present, and future---as it is revealed in the Old and New Testaments. We are left not only with a clear and awe-inspiring view of the kingdom of God, but Perrin gives us “practical stepping-stones” to take us “from biblical theology to real life.” Thank you, Nick Perrin. You have done us a tremendous service in writing this book.
While Christians everywhere dedicate themselves to inviting others into the kingdom of God, countless many (if they’re honest with themselves) find themselves mildly confused by the concept. Taking aim at today’s confusion, Perrin’s book offers a fresh, compelling, and biblically rooted vision of the kingdom, giving us new eyes on not just the what, who, when, where, and how of the kingdom, but also why the kingdom matters for everyone.
Avoiding both oversimplification and hyper-technicality, Perrin addresses a wide sweep of questions and issues regarding Jesus’s central message . . . and continuing mission, through the church and beyond. “The work of understanding the kingdom of God is a holy obligation,” the author writes, and this volume furnishes essential resources. Informed by discussion across the sweep of Christian tradition (and sometimes secular punditry), Perrin effectively marshals his Gospels expertise to produce an incisive study of a controversial topic. I believe the ways he maps challenges and arrives at proposals will not only enhance understanding but also deepen Christians’ daily petition to the Father: “Your kingdom come.”

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