By J. Richard Middleton
Winner of the notice Guild Award for most sensible publication in bible study (2014).
In fresh years, increasingly more Christians have come to understand the Bible's educating that the final word blessed wish for the believer isn't really an otherworldly heaven; in its place, it truly is full-bodied participation in a brand new heaven and a brand new earth introduced into fullness during the coming of God's nation. Drawing at the complete sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key previous testomony and New testomony texts to make a case for the hot earth because the acceptable Christian wish. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the adaptation a holistic eschatology could make for residing in a damaged world.
"Richard Middleton plunges boldly right into a most-treasured misreading of the Bible. He exhibits the best way 'other-worldly' desire of 'going to heaven' is a complete misinterpret of gospel religion. In a challenging, sure-footed approach he walks the reader via a wealthy deposit of biblical texts to make transparent that the gospel matters the transformation of the earth and never get away from it. Middleton summons us to repentance for the sort of improper knowing that has had disastrous sensible implications. this can be a repentance that he himself avows. whilst his publication catches on, it is going to have a big impression at the approach within which we expect and act approximately our universal destiny within the gospel, a typical destiny with vital socioeconomic, political derivatives."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"It isn't any small irony that almost all of significant, Bible-believing Christians join a view of existence within the eschaton that's essentially unbiblical. Middleton offers a much-needed corrective in his perceptive exposition of 'holistic eschatology,' which successfully unites the outdated and New Testaments in stressing God's dedication to the flourishing of the created universe of which we're an element. This publication is so accomplished, so exegetically dependent and theologically wealthy, that it may perhaps serve admirably as a uncomplicated textbook on biblical theology. i can't suggest it hugely enough."
--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Richard Middleton has been certainly one of my most crucial lecturers. each stumble upon with him adjustments me. This publication is not any assorted. aiding us see all of the undesirable hermeneutical behavior we have bought (perpetuated by means of our hymns and choruses!), Middleton invitations us to learn the Scriptures afresh and spot, possibly for the 1st time, the biblical desire of a brand new earth. If learn as broadly as i'm hoping, this publication may rework North American Christianity."
--James K. A. Smith, Calvin collage; writer of Imagining the dominion: How Worship Works
"Middleton's imaginative and prescient of the renewal of all issues is finished, realized, available, and interesting. As an extra virtue, it truly is true. This is a stellar piece of work."
--Cornelius Plantinga Jr., writer of Engaging God's World
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