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~FREE PDF ⚉ The Kingdom of God: The Biblical Concept & Its Meaning for the Church ☨ This book traces the history of the biblical idea of the Kingdom of God and suggests its contemporary relevance To grasp what is meant by the Kingdom of God is to come very close to the heart of the Bible s gospel of salvation from the Preface An awesome read Covering the sweep of the Bible in getting to grips with the Kingdom of God The analysis of the Old Testament was superb I was hoping for a littleon Jesus Kingdom manifesto from the Sermon on the Mount, but this wasn t touched upon Also the role of the resurrection as the seal on the future Kingdom thus giving confidence in our present and future Kingdom This is such a vital topic, and Brights call to be a Kingdom people with a missionary heart is vital He also struck An awesome read Covering the sweep of the Bible in getting to grips with the Kingdom of God The analysis of the Old Testament was superb I was hoping for a littleon Jesus Kingdom manifesto from the Sermon on the Mount, but this wasn t touched upon Also the role of the resurrection as the seal on the future Kingdom thus giving confidence in our present and future Kingdom This is such a vital topic, and Brights call to be a Kingdom people with a missionary heart is vital He also struck a healthy balance in recognising on one hand withdrawing from the world is a denial of the reality of praying Your kingdom come on earth but also the realism that we cannot usher in God s Kingdom through our works We can build it and labour for it But its ultimate fulfillment will always break in from the outside at the return of Jesus in the the final resurrection Yet the reality is the King has come, and calls us to be His kingdom people spreading His kingdom values right here right now in the confidence of His Kingship of the universe John Bright s writing style is interesting and animated, which makes this book an easy page turner Most of the book is an excellent analysis of Israel s history and the progress of Israel s understanding of the kingdom of God I found this very helpful and well thought through For this alone it is well worth the read.However, the book disappoints in the last few chapters when Bright begins discussing the kingdom of God in New Testament It is not that I don t agree with him in his conclusion t John Bright s writing style is interesting and animated, which makes this book an easy page turner Most of the book is an excellent analysis of Israel s history and the progress of Israel s understanding of the kingdom of God I found this very helpful and well thought through For this alone it is well worth the read.However, the book disappoints in the last few chapters when Bright begins discussing the kingdom of God in New Testament It is not that I don t agree with him in his conclusion that the kingdom of God is already and not yet his discussion of the tension between the kingdom already come and the kingdom still coming is undoubtedly excellent But it is that Bright wholly sidesteps the issue of the land of Israel, not even mentioning it, as if it was a non issue This is remarkable because the entire Old Testament is building up this theme, only for Bright it falls flat in the New Testament This is a colossal oversight or better, error made by many Christian scholars We fail to see the significance of the land of Israel, as well as the kingly motif of the son of David, even though the land and the coming king is writ large all over the Scriptures In the latter part of the book Bright also repeatedly uses the unBiblical and almost blasphemous though certainly unintentional phrase new Israel , even though the Bible never once uses this phrase and never conceives the Church of Christ as the new Israel In fact Bright contradicts himself, for in the course of the book he explains how the Church saw itself as the righteous remnant WITHIN Israel a point well made Here was an unfortunate and sloppy oversight.The problems with Bright s book are similar to the problems with Graeme Goldsworthy s book Gospel and Kingdom , written on the same subject Both authors do a masterful job of analyzing the Old Testament and tracing the concept of the kingdom of God in Israel s thinking Their books are pure gold on this point But then when they both get to the New Testament everything changes and they absolutely fail to connect the dynamic theme, which they had so wonderfully been following in the Old Testament, with the New Testament Everything falls flat concepts are redefined and we are left with an entirely different conception in the New Testament than what we were getting so excited about in the Old Testament In my opinion this is due to a sloppy Christian systematic way of thinking that gets forced upon the New Testament This way of thinking doesn t know how to connect with Israel s historical hope The result is a very Gentilish and non Biblical idea of the kingdom which is foreign to the Biblical authors themselves What amazes me most of all is how Christian scholars can make this jarring maneuver without hardly noticing nor even making mention of the land of Israel and the son of David, those enormous Old Testament themes they discard.Nonetheless the book is full of priceless gems and insights and is greatly worth reading I simply hope to help future readings of this book and other books on the same subject to notice the glaring omissions made by many Christian scholars, and to take special care in seeing the continuity between both Testaments The lack that exists in Christian scholarship on this point needs serious remedy Stating the Kingdom of God is not only the good news Jesus preached, but also the Bible s overall theme is one thing.Specifically demonstrating how the many fine historical, cultural, literary, and theological details of the Old Testament weave this theme together and then continue transitioning to how Jesus fulfills this theme in the New Testament is quite another.John Bright manages to do this with great thoughtfulness and care While he brings the Old Testament s narrative and theology to l Stating the Kingdom of God is not only the good news Jesus preached, but also the Bible s overall theme is one thing.Specifically demonstrating how the many fine historical, cultural, literary, and theological details of the Old Testament weave this theme together and then continue transitioning to how Jesus fulfills this theme in the New Testament is quite another.John Bright manages to do this with great thoughtfulness and care While he brings the Old Testament s narrative and theology to life in a detailed way some may think tedious, it doesn t necessarily have to be seen that way The content he shares is indispensable and would greatly benefit any Christian by connecting the Bible story s dots in ways they ve never known For anyone who has ever flipped through the pages of the Bible while wondering why and how it matters especially the Major Minor Prophet literature , this book provides that much needed insight He demonstrates how God s promise to Abram to make his descendants into a great people through whom the world will come to be blessed finds the start of its fulfillment in the covenant God made with Israel to make them into a kingdom of priests He recounts how their failure to keep that covenant and its mission incited God s promise to establish his righteousness and rule through a servant whose suffering and sacrifice would ordain a new covenant his true kingdom people would embody In addition, by focusing on the intertestamental period of post exile, the Hellenization of the world, the Jews emphasis and fencing of the Law, the Maccabean revolt, and the subsequent Roman occupation, he sheds much needed light on that so called silent period to show how God was yet working His will within often ignored historical moments to set up the context of the Messiah s eventual appearing His splendid discussion of Jesus ministry is mostly spent examining how the Church s mission, as God s Kingdom people, is to proclaim and embody his rule and righteousness as both a present and eschatological hope.If any drawback to the book could be named, it would be that Bright doesn t spend much time discussing precisely how the Church is supposed to do that, save for Be the Church , which he acknowledges is playing with words That can be forgiven, however, since Bright s purpose here is only to offer a detailed overview clarifying the Bible s overall theme How we might specifically Be the Church is a challenge Bright leaves with the reader to discern through Scriptural shaped convictions how to answer Christ s call to embody the life of the Kingdom citizen One aspect that continually amused me throughout the book was that, despite being first published in 1953, much of what he wrote seems as pertinent today as it did then Regardless of how archaic we deem it, history still keeps coming back around While that may be a point of dread for many, for those who might understand how Christ s Kingdom rule is God s consummating will moving with and towards history, that may indeed be good news Assigned reading for a religion course I took in college, this book looks at the theme of the Kingdom of God as it develops historically in ancient Israel, in the Old Testament, and also how Jesus preached the Kingdom of God, his calling us to it Some discussion of what it means for us today remembering that this work was published in the 1950 s. Dallas Willard has this book among the top five that most impacted his spiritual formation Given that Willard s concept of the kingdom of God is original to me yet at home in the Bible, I sought this book to discover what lay at the root of his understanding of the kingdom What I found was not what I expected The author tells the story of the Bible in historical terms drawing from modern archeology, all the while tying it into the theme of God s people and His kingdom It s helpful, especiall Dallas Willard has this book among the top five that most impacted his spiritual formation Given that Willard s concept of the kingdom of God is original to me yet at home in the Bible, I sought this book to discover what lay at the root of his understanding of the kingdom What I found was not what I expected The author tells the story of the Bible in historical terms drawing from modern archeology, all the while tying it into the theme of God s people and His kingdom It s helpful, especially as the author makes application to today s well, 1950 s American, but close enough church and culture My favorite quote of Bright s is the kingdom of God comes only for those who will be His people and obey Him It can have no other citizens Truly, the gate is narrow Matt 7 14 This is powerful, like fresh water to my thirsty soul, and both my head and heart know it is so It is Biblical It is the dominion of God, in which Jesus Christ rules, and it is available to anyone, including me, in this very moment I read this book because it made Dallas Willard s list of Top 5 books It s a historical survey of the concept of the kingdom of God from the Old Testament to the New While it s dated written in the 50s , the applications are still relevant to today s church I learned much This book had some good insights but it was hard for me to get a rhythm in it. Dr Bright, a disciple of Wm Foxwell Albright, was professor of Hebrew and the Interpretation of the Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA. Impressive scholarship It really helped me to follow the changing of the idea of the Kingdom of God through the Old Testament into the New Testament.