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God Dwells Among Us by G.K. Beale
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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-author, who was brought in ostensibly to "popularize" the earlier book. His applications stick out like a sore thumb.

It's a shame, for the basic outline takes you through the Biblical text quite well. Eden was the original temple, and Adam was supposed to expand that temple as far as possible. Despite the fall, this task was not lost. The patriarchs did what they could to expand that worship in the promised land. The tabernacle picks up many of those Edenic themes, as did Solomon's temple. Despite sin and exile, the prophets speak often of a great temple being rebuilt for the nations. This is to be understood through the person of Jesus, the second Adam, who picks up his work and begins the process of completing what Adam failed to do. He builds a church, the new temple, in which his people are to serve as priests. We look forward to Eden completely expanded in the new heavens and new earth, where the entire universe will be the paradisaical temple/dwelling place of the Lord.
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