After travel and family events in June, I have been considering my next reading project. Today I decided to read The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God by G. K. Beale.
Beale is the J. Gresham Machen chair of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. Machen was a well-known advocate for Reformed Orthodoxy at the time of the Fundamentalist/Modernist controversies in about the 1920’s and Westminster takes its name from the Calvinistic Westminster Confession of Faith, which faculty members have to affirm. So I expect Beale will write through a particular creedal filter. Also the title of the book gives me some concerns about replacement theology, the idea that the church has replaced Israel as the people of God.
For these reasons, I do not expect to agree with everything I read. However I have learned that when serious people engage the text, you can let some of the theological chaff blow away. I am really interested in engaging the texts about the Temple and using this as a way to understand the Bible.
The Amazon reviews are overwhelmingly positive. So I am anticipating a good read.