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God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  42 reviews
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2014 Best Missions-Oriented Biblical Study, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore
Just like we do today, the writers and chief actors of the Old Testament felt a deep longing for the presence of God. It is symbolized in the temple ruins, and before it the temple itself, and before that the ark of the covenant and the tabernac
Paperback, 215 pages
Published December 7th 2014 by IVP Books (first published October 16th 2014)
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Bob Hayton
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christians who love the Bible, should love biblical theology. More than any other discipline, biblical theology has the power to take the student on an exciting journey into the overall meaning of the biblical text. Early on in my study of biblical theology, I was told about the transformative power of one particular book and one particular biblical theme. That book was "The Temple and the Church’s Mission" by G.K. Beale (IVP). Eventually I read through that book and now agree with all the prais ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Summary: A study of the theology of the Eden-temple of creation as an expression of God's purpose to have a dwelling place with humanity and the development of this theme throughout scripture, under-girding the mission of the church.

Good biblical theology works up from the data of particular books of scripture to develop themes that run through the whole of scripture. It helps us both hear the testimony of particular writers to a particular time, and the harmony of witness through time, and call
Ricky Garcia
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was truly a great book! This book helps us to trace God's redemptive plan for His church from Genesis (Eden) to Revelation (New Heavens/Earth). The connections identified between Christ, the temple and each individual church member was particularly fascinating. This book also helps us to understand the overarching goal of scripture more clearly. Finally, this book helps us to see the the importance and urgency of missions as God works out His eschatological plan to dwell among us. This has ...more
Nate H
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that convinced me of Amillennialism. The idea of the goal of God through redemption and recreation to bring the temple of God back into the creation blew my mind. So grateful for this book.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Of the several "interpretive keys" popular in Biblical studies today (covenant, law/gospel, etc.), the concept of temple is one of my favorites. However, this book doesn't handle the topic nearly as well as it could have. It's a mess editorially, for instance. It doesn't help that it is an adaptation of a much longer work by Beale on the same subject. The work is very uneven. At times it reads like a scholarly look; at other times, like a junior-high youth group lesson. For that I blame the co-a ...more
Jesvin Jose
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Did you know that God’s ultimate mission, according to the Scriptures, is a worldwide temple? The tabernacle and the temple were localized manifestations of His presence, but this presence was never to be limited to one place or people group. His dwelling place is ultimately to fill the ends of the earth!

Authors GK Beale and Mitch Kim beautifully trace God’s plan and mission from Genesis to Revelation and they begin with Eden – the Garden temple where God commissions Adam and Eve to expand His d
Hanna Lee
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book wasn’t necessarily what I expected but it was very informative. It starts and ends with a brief focus on missions, spreading God’s word to the ends of the earth. However, the majority of the book takes you from God dwelling in Eden to now when He tabernacles among His people through the work of the church. It is very scriptural founded and takes you through the ways that God intended that Eden, and His presence, not just be contained to a small area but spread to the ends of the Earth ...more
Miranda Jordan
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books that I have read. There is a lot of information to take in, but it is helpful. This book helps you understand how glorious the Scriptures are and how one central idea flows throughout the whole Bible, with multiple writers talking about different aspects of the same thing. Being someone that struggles with atheism, the idea of temple theology, has helped me in arguing against myself when I begin battling those thoughts. And the authors do a great job of breaking ...more
Matt Galyon | readsandcoffee
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a helpful and short number on seeing the connection between temple, church, and mission. What I found to be the best feature of this book was the way the material was presented at an accessible level. While full of theological insight and data, I would be happy to recommend it to someone outside of the academy.
Laurent Dv
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent condensed version / summary and more accessible version (without a huge number of exegesis proofs everywhere and a study not of each book of the Bible but of each canon) of Beale's longest book "The Temple and the Church's mission". See my review on "The Temple and the Church's mission" since it have the same content than "God dwells among us".
Chuck Noren
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding examination of the Temple throughout all the Bible. This covers it from Genesis through Revelation. This provides practical insights to what it means to the Christian.
Bret James Stewart
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earthby G. K. Beale and Mitchell Kim focuses upon and explains temple theology and its impact on the missionary aspect of the church to the world. This review examines and evaluates the biblical theology of the text and the hermeneutical approach used. In addition, the contribution of my personal understanding of the Bible and the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and the applicability of this to ministry by the book will be ex ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Basically a more concise and non-academic version of his book, "The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God." Only in this version he's got a co-author who happened to preach a series of sermons based on Beale's first book. For that reason this book has more pastoral sensibilities that not only make my head spin, but my heart sing. I love the chapter towards the end explaining why the argument of this book is overlooked. And it's true, not many students ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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God Dwells Among Us exemplified biblical study in service of every day mission. Beale and Kim state upfront, “The goal of this book is to strengthen biblical conviction for sacrificial mission” (14). In this regard, this book succeeds on all fronts. They argue further,

“Mission does not begin with the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, but mission is God’s heartbeat from Genesis 1 until the new heaven and earth become the dwelling place of the Lord God Almighty in Revelation
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the most edifying and soul-enriching theology books I have read
Aaron Viland
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A good introduction to Eden-Temple theology.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good stuff.

I think the introduction & conclusions could have been minimized or avoided altogether.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The content (essentially Beale's, from a larger work) is good, and this may serve as a decent expansion for someone who's already been introduced to these themes.

However, the book suffers from a few things running backwards.

Backwards from Sermon to Book
It's a challenge simply to read the prose, as the book is largely adapted from Kim's sermons on Beale's longer work. You can tell when a book is rejigged from sermon transcripts - lack of flow, oddly placed application. This suffers hugely from th
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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From a Biblical Theology perspective, showing the motif of the Garden throughout Scripture, this book is excellent. The authors make connections between Eden, the tabernacle, the temple, and the church, between Adam, the priests, Jesus, and believers. In making these connections, we see God's plan for His world. Even so, they miss the opportunity to proclaim the victorious nature of the Kingdom. In proclaiming how the gardens and tabernacle were meant to encompass the world, they don't make that ...more
Patrick S.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book brought so much joy and understanding to me. What this book does is bring an understanding of the Garden and the Temple at the beginning, middle, and end of history and ties it with the correct understanding of biblical typologies and allusions. This isn't "spiritualizing" the topic but the case presented lays out a clear understanding that these things tie together. I can't say enough about this book. As far as application, I found myself using what I learned from the theology to then ...more
There are some really eye-opening concepts in here about how the temple of God tells the story of scripture. Beale and Kim argue for Eden being essentially a garden-temple whose workers were commissioned to expand its borders throughout the earth. After the fall, God chooses to dwell in a tabernacle (tent) and then a physical temple, both of which are designed to model the universe - a picture of the fact that God means ultimately to fill the whole earth with his presence. The conclusion, of cou ...more
Ian Hammond
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Mission demands sacrifice, and sacrifice grows from conviction" (p. 157). This book sets out to strengthen biblical conviction because without it followers of Christ will not make the sacrifices necessary to bring the gospel to the most difficult places. It accomplishes this goal, providing a clear understanding of the mission of God to expand the Temple/Eden to the ends of the earth by Christ's followers submitting to God's word and, with the power of His presence, preaching the gospel even in ...more
Matt Crawford
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book in the realm of Biblical Theology. It shows how Adam was actually the high priest of Eden charged with keeping it Holy. As the priests were charged, so we are charged today. The keeping of this charge includes the necessity for purity and holiness. The theme of the book is the parallels between the beginning of Genesis and the final chapters of Revelation.
David Pulliam
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
There are parts in this book that are real gems and the general idea of looking back at Eden to understand the temple in the OT and then the new heavens and the new earth is refreshing but there are times the book falls into "that's obvious" and cliche sayings, particularly the last couple chapters.
Peter West
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent book! An thorough explanation of the relationship of the Garden of Eden and the Temple if Revelation. Very convicting and a reminder of the need to read scripture as a whole! Good read for pastors and others who teach the Bible.
Cole Brandon
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book provides insight to reading the whole counsel of Scripture in a new light; it’s actually an ancient light, but one I have never turned on before. Concise and well done!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is definitely worth the work it takes to read through this book. So encouraging!
Timothy Decker
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great survey of Beale's larger work on the Temple! Very practical for the layperson as well!
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!! Much, much food for thought!
John Kight
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth found its beginning in G. K. Beale’s earlier work The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God (IVP Academic, 2004). It is there that Beale develops a fuller exploration of the biblical themes of tabernacle and temple, “from Genesis to Revelation, exploring both the ancient Near Eastern and Second Temple Jewish view of the temple” (p. 7). Co-author Mitchell Kim subsequently developed the aim of ...more
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G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the coeditor of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and the author of numerous books, including A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New.
“Since true life and sustenance are found in the presence of God, we must regularly drink deeply from the river of his delights. In our weariness, though, we often seek life from entertainment, empty friendships and ceaseless activity, which all fail to bring life. So many of our “recreational” activities fail to re-create the inner resources of our soul to face the challenges of each day. Like the Israelites before us, we forsake the river of God’s presence and hew out empty cisterns that do not hold water to satisfy our thirsts (Jer 2:13). Will we satisfy our soul at the fountain of living waters? Or will we hew out cisterns of putrid water that do not satisfy? The rivers of life flowing from the presence of God in Eden beckon us to the satisfaction and re-creation of these refreshing waters that are only found in the presence of God. We sacrifice for what satisfies. The soul-satisfying riches in the presence of God propel us out of our comfort zones, calling us out of the warm confines of our beds to our knees in early-morning prayer and meditation on God’s Word. Only these soul-satisfying riches can sustain us in the rigors of God’s calling on our lives as we move out to proclaim his name to the nations across the street and across the globe. A heart for mission grows out of a soul that finds satisfaction in God’s presence, the riches of which can be seen in the imagery of Eden.” 5 likes
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