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By J. Richard Middleton

ISBN-10: 0801048680

ISBN-13: 9780801048685

Lately, increasingly more Christians have come to understand the Bible's instructing that the last word blessed desire for the believer isn't an otherworldly heaven; as an alternative, 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 state. 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 recent earth because the applicable Christian desire. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the adaptation a holistic eschatology could make for residing in a damaged global.

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8. indd 41 9/9/14 10:14 AM 42 ↜From Creation to Eschaton suggests that the garden in Genesis€2 is not simply a “natural” phenomenon, but rather a cultural project in which humans are to participate. 9 Envisioning something beyond a primitive hunter-gatherer society, Genesis 2:15 portrays the original human purpose as tilling (working/developing) and keeping (protecting/caring for) the garden. Genesis€2 thus represents agriculture (a cultivated garden) as the first communal, cultural project of humanity.

17), by someone who is not a king. €22). The human calling, as pictured in the Old Testament, is thus developmental, requiring innovation, vision, and a marshaling of communal resources to transform the earthly environment. 2). 18 That is precisely the human task. This developmental understanding of the creative process is quite distinct from the ancient Near Eastern view of history, in which the ideal was to maintain, without change, the social order that the gods had instituted in the beginning.

And since the imago Dei is prior to any ethnic, racial, or national divisions (see Gen. 10), this provides an alternative to ethnocentrism, racism, or any form of national superiority; beneath the legitimate diversity of cultures that have developed in the world, people constitute one human family. God’s intent from the beginning is thus for a cooperative world of shalom, generosity, and blessing, evident most fundamentally in his own mode of exercising power at creation. In the New Testament, Jesus even grounds love for enemies in the imago Dei, suggesting that this sort of radical generosity toward others reflects the creator’s own “perfect” love toward all people, shown in his causing sun and rain to benefit both the righteous and the wicked (Matt.

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