Review: The Temple and the Church’s Mission

894622There are few books that possess the ability to radically alter the way that you read Scripture. The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of Godby G. K. Beale is one of those books. But The Temple and the Church’s Mission is not for the academically faint of heart. It is both detailed and comprehensive. Beale leaves no stone unturned as he guides the reader through the biblical narrative and beyond, developing a crystal clear portrait of the dwelling place of God.

Beale begins with the climactic Temple vision of Revelation 21:1-22:5. It is here that Beale prepares the reader for the journey ahead, and sets the stage for one of the grandest themes in all of Scripture. For Beale, as John witnesses the new heavens and new earth descending, his attention is immediately fixed on the city-temple rather than the new creation…

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