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The Greatness of the Kingdom: An Inductive Study of the Kingdom of God

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This classic, penetrating analysis of the Kingdom of God as taught in both the Old and New Testaments has been republished in a handsome hardback dust jacket edition. This masterwork was written by the founding president of Grace Theological Seminary, who was a member of the Scofield Reference Bible Revision Committee and a charter member of the Evangelical Theological ...more
Hardcover, 556 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by BMH Books (first published July 1st 1968)
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Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Easily the finest book I have ever encountered on the subject. This term "the Kingdom of God" is used in such a sloppy way and it truly cheats the believer out of some of the greatest blessings that we have yet to anticipate. Misquoting Lewis - "Aim at Heaven you get the earth thrown in, but aim at the earth and you get neither." Studying about the Kingdom plan will change the believer's life. Or at least it is changing mine.
Bud Hewlett
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I fantasize about what books I would take if I knew I were to be marooned on a desert island. What would be my top 5 or 10 or 20 etc. This book and Language In Thought and Action would both be in my top 5. It's the most important Christian book in my library next to my Bible. Many may disagree with it's dispensational point of view, but for me it made the entire Bible come together
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I was downtown, sitting in a coffee house I'd never visited before, reading a poorly-written biography about the inspiring George Mueller, when a young fellow sitting at the adjacent table commented on the topic of my literary selection. Thirty minutes later we were deep into a discussion of the Kingdom of God, which was clearly this seminary student's passion. These were ideas I was extremely hesitant about, but definitely curious in at the same time. The place of Israel? Uhhh, contentious ...more
Davey Ermold
My final semester of college, I took an elective by the phenomenal John Master entitled "Theology of the Kingdom." Throughout those fourteen weeks, we traced the theme of the Kingdom of God from Genesis through Revelation; it was a fantastic capstone for a degree in Biblical Studies! Alva McClain, in "The Greatness of the Kingdom," traces that same theme of the Kingdom of God throughout the Word of God, and the result is a tour-de-force that anyone interested in seeing the big picture of the ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like drinking from a fire hose. So much information but an excellent read.
Rick Shrader
During my seminary years (1972-1975) I was assigned this book as the text for a class on the Kingdom. I think this one book did more for my understanding of the New Testament, especially the Gospels, than any other book I read during those years. That class on the kingdom was taught by Dr. Rolland McCune who had been a student of McClain’s at Grace Theological Seminary. I used this book as a text myself when teaching in Bible College and have continued to recommend it to anyone looking for a ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a must have book, a great read & a great resource. I know of no other work that is as comprehensive as this one is on the subject of the Kingdom of God & its meaning.

The first half of the book deals with the kingdom in the Old Testament. The author asserts that there is a universal kingdom where God rules over everyone, & there is a mediatorial kingdom, experienced either in the form of the Old Testament Israelite Theocracy, or in the life of the individual believer. He
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This classic work on the Kingdom of God by Alva McClain, the founding president of Grace Theological Seminary, was recommended to me by a friend who is a retired chaplain and instructor at a local Bible college. McClain provides a powerful analysis of the Kingdom of God as taught in both the Old and New Testaments, while building a compelling exegetical argument for a premillenial understanding of the Kingdom of God. McClain addresses the paradoxes related to the kingdom, including the “already” ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Best book ever. Unifies the entire Bible into a seamless plan orchestrated by the King of kings. It is easily the most important book about the Bible I have ever read and, despite its length, deserves multiple readings as well as time for reflection on the implications presented. It is thorough, but everything is important. There is no fluff. I had to keep my Bible close by when I read this book in order to look up many of the passages referenced. If I had one book to recommend to any student of ...more
Doug May
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If I had only one book to make a five star this would be it. Alva is my favorite theologian bar none and the Kingdom is a subject that I hungered and thirsted to understand. It was not until I read this book that my thirst was slaked. It is like being caught in a desert and coming accross a true oasis every word drips into the throat like a tantalizing elixer. God is gracious to lead us into His truth so mercifully.
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book several years ago. Up until then, I had a hard time seeing how the Pentateuch related to the Prophets, how the gospels related to the N.T. Epistles, etc. I read this book and typed up a detailed outline of its contents. God used that study to turn the lights on for me and connect many dots that had remained disjointed until then. I was able to morph my study into a module that I still teach. I would definitely recommend this book.
Marshall Walter
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Very, very enjoyable! It's wonderful to read a book and have it affect the way you go back and read Scripture. This is an excellent work that is standing the test of time and provides great insight into Biblical theology. I'm eager to read this one again and hope that I actually own a copy the next time around so I don't have to borrow one!
Mike Matiscik
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read for every teacher. You wish every believer would read it. Not only do you get good theology on the kingdom, but the author teaches excellent principles of interpretation.

I hope to go back to this book often. It is so rich in its depths.

Robert Tingle
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Probably the greatest and most significant work on the nature of the kingdom. Reading this book will help you understand the connection between old and new testaments and will have you walking away with a deep desire for Christ to return! Maranatha, Lord Jesus!
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A well thought out classic on pre-millennialism. Get it and read it!
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