Monthly Archives: July 2016

Beale-carrying the temple beyond Eden

One of the characteristics of  G.K. Beale’s The Temple and the Mission of the Church is that he uses facts about Near Eastern temples and mythology as background for talking about the Israelite temple.  It is a feature that some … Continue reading

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My current reading project is G. K. Beale’s The Temple and the Mission of the Church. As the title suggests, Beale sees a link between the concept of the temple or sanctuary and the concept of mission. He has laid … Continue reading

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Beale-the temple in the garden

More from G. K. Beale on The Temple and the Mission of the Church: Adam was a priest and the Garden of Eden was a sanctuary. This is partly a reading back of Revelation 21 and ideas from post-exilic Judaism … Continue reading

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Beale-a resting place for God

I am continuing to read G. K. Beale’s The Temple and the Mission of the Church. He has argued that the Israelite temple was similar to other temples we know about from ancient texts and archeological discoveries. Temples stood for … Continue reading

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Beale-pagan temples

G. K. Beale says that both texts and ruins from the ancient Near East portray temples as small models of either heavenly temples or of the whole universe. In yesterday’s post we saw how he understands Israel’s tabernacle and temple, … Continue reading

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Beale-the Temple and the cosmos

Continuing in G. K. Beale’s The Temple and the Church’s Mission, I read about his understanding of how Israel built its Temple as a miniature version of the heaven and earth.   He sees Psalm 78:69 as the most explicate statement of this: … Continue reading

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Beale-Temple as microcosm

After a devotional preface written by his wife, G. K. Beale’s The Temple and the Church’s Mission, starts with a problem he noticed when he wrote a commentary on the Book of Revelation. Revelation announces a vision of the new heaven … Continue reading

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