G.K. Beale – Regrounding Our Hermeneutical Lenses

26 Dec

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It is important to say that our understanding of most of the traditional doctrines is not so much changed as radically enriched by seeing them through end-time lenses. But how are some of the crucial doctrines of our faith so enriched when seen as eschatological doctrines? To put it another way: how can our hermeneutical lenses be reground in order to see better the end-time reality of the NT?…

We should think of Christ’s life, trials, and especially his death and resurrection as the central events that launched the latter days. These pivotal events of Christ’s life, trials, death, and resurrection are eschatological in particular because they launched the beginning of the new creation and kingdom. The end-time new-creational kingdom has not been recognized sufficiently heretofore as of vital importance to a biblical theology of the NT and it is this concept that I believe has the potential to refine significantly the general scholarly view of the eschatological already-not yet.

~G.K. Beale~


A New Testament Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Academic; 2011) p. 18-19.

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One Response to “G.K. Beale – Regrounding Our Hermeneutical Lenses”

  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert December 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Indeed if we miss the Jews, and now the so-called Modern Israel, will we simply miss the prophetic sense and eschatological centre…”Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” (1 Cor. 10: 32) Here is most certainly a hermeneutical lense! (Rom. 11: 25 thru 28, etc.) ‘Come Lord Jesus’!

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