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From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Personal stories aren't enough to offer individuals peace when they question their own existence. But the Bible's story comes not from humanity, but from God. Author, T. Desmond Alexander, suggests that God has given us the reasons for creation and our existence in the Bible. "by resolving an intricate plot that sheds light on the entire story," Alexander writes. Using thi ...more
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Published October 1st 2009 by Kregel Academic & Professional (first published June 20th 2008)
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Ben Robin
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book of biblical theology I've read. It clearly and decisively argues it's main point - that the meta-story of the Bible is not adequately understood without a clear view of God's intentions in creation, His Kingship over creation, and the great hope of life with Him in the New Jerusalem.

Below is a summary excerpt from the concluding chapter:
"As we move from Genesis to Revelation, a consistent and coherent pattern emerges, centred on the idea that God created this earth with the
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to biblical theology. A bit less dense than some other recent work (Hamilton, "God's Glory..."), but a bit more demanding than others (Goldsworthy trilogy). I originally heard about this from various footnotes in Jim Hamilton's book, and was given a copy of it at the most recent SBC.

Alexander covers quite a bit of ground under 200 pages, looking at various themes in biblical theology such as the role of the temple/church, sacrificial system, the new Jerusalem, and other new
Lindsay Kennedy
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
[Special thanks to Penny Glover and IVP UK for providing a review copy of this book. Read full review at]

T. Desmond Alexander has provided the church with a magnificent work of Biblical Theology that is both accessible and scholarly.

From Eden to the New Jerusalem attempts to give a big picture (meta-narrative) of God’s plan for creation by tracing six central themes throughout the Bible. With this thesis, Alexander hopes to address an area of neglect that he sees
Caleb Batchelor
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The clearest overview of the Bible's grand storyline that I've read!
Connor Anderson
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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An excellent introduction to biblical theology and a necessary resource in any pastor's library
David Velasquez
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book to help you see the major themes that run throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I especially enjoyed the last two chapters. Chapter 6 helped me understand better the book of Leviticus and chapter 7 gives an interesting contrast between two cities: Babylon and the New Jerusalem. Very convicting!
Samuel Bierig
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A must read as an Introduction to Biblical Theology!
Jake Bishop
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book highlighting the “meta-story” of the Bible. One of the best books I’ve read.
Ryan Rust
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this for biblical hermeneutics class. Really good. Alexander gives a brief yet concise introduction into the dense world of biblical theology. Camping out in Revelation 20-22, Alexander writes with clarity and precision, expounding on the meta-story of scripture, which finds its culmination in these chapters. Weaving the main themes in scripture together into a grand narrative allows the reader to appreciate the bigness and depth of the character of God through revealed in His word, which i ...more
Donald Hartley
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Had excellent treatment of temple imagery in the OT and NT. Marred by erroneous views of the Spirit's indwelling and wrong inferences on capitalism.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest: I was already predisposed to like this book. Before I'd begun reading it, I had already learned about the author's unusual approach to biblical theology: start at the end, ask "How did we get here?", and then go back to the beginning. Each chapter follows this pattern, highlighting a specific image/description of the New Heavens and New Earth in Revelation 21-22 (e.g. the New Jerusalem, the Tree of Life, the Lamb on the throne), explaining the meaning of the symbol, then going ba ...more
Kira Nelson
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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In From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology, Dr. Desmond T. Alexander argues that earth was designed to be a divine residence where God would coexist with people. However, that divine plan was disrupted. The Bible is the complex story that “centers on how the earth can once more become a dwelling place shared by God and humanity.”

Dr. Alexander argues that although the texts that compose the biblical library are “amazingly diverse in terms of genre, authorship and eve
Aurel Lazar
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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A fascinating, really interesting look at reinterpreting the Biblical Meta-Narrative. Alexander presents a unified view of scripture, reaching from the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem. His perspective is that God's intention, was, from the beginning to create a Garden-Temple-City on Earth as a dwelling place and that all human-built Temples/Tabernacles were only echoes of the ultimate plan of God dwelling among us. Now, since the resurrection of Jesus and the establishment of the church, God ...more
Nathan Moore
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a brief and excellent biblical theology which argues that God created the world to be his dwelling place, a place he would share with humanity who shared his holy image. When sin disrupted this, God set in motion a plan to reclaim the world from Satan's control. Yet, it was in the sanctuary of Eden that we see the blueprint for how God desires to dwell with man. This blueprint tells us a great deal about how to understand the continuity of the Old and New Testaments and it tells us a gre ...more
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. Alexander starts with Revelation 21 and 22's teaching on the new heavens and earth and the temple-city that comes down from heaven. He shows that this is simply the culmination of what God planned on from the beginning---the institution of an Arboreal temple-city from which God reigns and lives with his people. So Alexander (a highly regarded Biblical Theology scholar) lays out what he calls the biblical meta-story by focusing on the bookends of Genesis 1 and 2 and Revelati ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great biblical theology but the application of the use of the USA and capitalism was odd. As a missionary it bothers me when non citizens make judgements about a foreign country's culture and politics. I have seen this happen with Americans making erroneous judgements about other cultures. This is the first time I have seen it happen towards my own culture. It was interesting to read.
Tracy Zhou
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book for Biblical Hermeneutics class. It provides a lot of insight into how the whole Bible has a meta-story that connects books in both testaments at different times by different authors. Definitely something I recommend reading to any seminary student.
Mark Evans
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This exceptional and succinct little book is among the best I have ever read. Such a wonderful look at God’s plan through the pages of Scripture to bring His broken creation back to it’s original eden-temple ideal (and beyond) - where God and man dwell face to face.
Michael Stilley
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Glad I finally got to read this book. Short, engaging, helpful.
Lauren Lind
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Helpful and very transformative. Will be re-reading multiple times in the future.
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very intellectually and academically written.
David DeFazio
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everybody should have this book in their library.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author T. Desmond Alexander has provided us with an outstanding work on biblical theology. In his book, Alexander traces the principal story line of the Bible, or meta-story, from Genesis through Revelation. That meta-story describes God’s original plan for both mankind and the earth, then how that that plan was derailed when Adam and Eve sinned, forfeiting their position as vice-regents and giving dominion over the earth to Satan. Alexander reveals how God has been working ever since to reclaim ...more
Christopher Chelpka
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
How does God establish his sovereignty over creation? Or his victory over evil? Or a blessed, eternal life for his people in the New Jerusalem? These are the kinds of story lines that are essential to understanding and finding hope in the Bible, and T. Desmond Alexander introduces them well in his book, “From Eden to the New Jerusalem.” His treatment is deep and wide and succinct—not an easy thing to do!

I would consider this an academic introduction perfect for church elders, first-year seminari
Alita Clark
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent! The information presented was well put together. While reading this book, I was able to use the information I gathered to better understand many things I'd been wrestling with prior to reading the book while also learning a great deal of information I had known nothing about, yet. I enjoyed the book and it was a very quick read, which made it even more impressive. When an author can clearly and concisely explain his or her point in a smaller amount of words, I'm always pretty impresse ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. This is an excellent introduction to Biblical theology and should be required reading for seminary students. Others will enjoy it as well, although it is not written for a lay audience and so it might seem a little academic.

Alexander includes large biblical quotations in the text, which I really appreciated since I didn't have to either take his word, or go look up the passage myself. It is always good to get the Bible in front of us.

He covers the whole sweep of the Bible
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Generally speaking, I am not much of a fan of the type of Biblical Theology that seeks to denigrate the ethical relevance of the Old Testament or that argues that the various biblical authors had different theologies. There is, however, some place for a moderate use of Biblical Theology in delineating the meta-narrative of scripture. This book is a good example of such an approach. The author basically uses the final chapters of Revelation to discuss how the creation of a new heavens and a new e ...more
Chuck Bonadies
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have found many books on Biblical Theology to be full of good information, but too long and, frankly, off-topic. Not so with Alexander's book. The author does in 200 pages what most do in 400. The first quarter of the book is worth the price of the whole. In the first two sections Alexander establishes that God created to earth to co-exist with people. After the Fall, man enjoys fellowship with God through the presence of the tabernacle, temple, Incarnation, Holy Spirit and, of course, in the ...more
Mark A Powell
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alexander seeks to demonstrate how the opening chapters of Scripture are intrinsically connected to its final ones. Specifically, he focuses on the concepts of God’s sovereignty, the problem of evil, creation’s redemption, and the people of God. He adeptly traces the contours of these themes through the canon’s metanarrative and crafts a solid biblical theology. Alexander skillfully draws out the intertwined passages from both Testaments and the result is a helpful understanding of the entire Bi ...more
Eric Pruitt
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book in seminary! It is actually an introduction to Biblical Theology and very insightful. It is a quick and fun read sweeping across the bible starting from Revelation. I enjoyed the unique approach taken to explain the bible, however, one critique I have is the starting point. I would suggest reading "According to Plan" by Graeme Goldsworthy and then picking up this book. The center for understanding is Christ, then we can understand Eden and the New Jerusalem much better ...more
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T. Desmond Alexander (PhD, The Queen’s University, Belfast) is senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies at Union Theological College in Belfast, Ireland. He is the coeditor of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.
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