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  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (March 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875527450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875527451
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"Meticulously comprehensive, a veritable compendium of biblical theology from Genesis to Revelation, examining every possible nuance of eschatological insight, breathtaking in its scope. Mathison has provided us with an invaluable reference tool. A tour de force unlike any other on this hugely significant topic." --Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS

"Mathison ambitiously surveys the whole Bible book by book, yet with substantial detail at some of the most critical points and does so with scholarly care, exegetical soundness, and philosophical breadth. Where one might vary from individual conclusions here and there, his survey of options is representative and his analysis well argued. Scholars, pastors, students, and learned laypeople need this kind of analysis, which relates a unified, coherent -- albeit variegated -- history of redemption and reminds the broader church that God is the Lord of time." --Michael J. Glodo, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

"A survey of the Bible that does not lose the forest for the trees. On the one hand, Mathison analyzes each book with careful attention to exegetical and critical issues. On the other hand, he identifies the entire canon's contribution to the grand biblical theme of promise and fulfillment. I do not know of a more accessible and up-to-date introduction to the Bible from a Reformed perspective." --John Muether, Librarian and Associate Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

About the Author

Keith A. Mathison (M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Whitefield Theological Seminary) is dean of the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and an associate editor of Tabletalk magazine at Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of "Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God?"; "Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope"; "The Shape of Sola Scriptura"; and "Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin's Doctrine of the Lord's Supper." He is editor of "When Shall These Things Be: A Reformed Response to Hyper-Preterism" and associate editor of The Reformation Study Bible.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Lowell Roggow on June 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For those who have taken a basic course in Christian theology, the topic of eschatology is often addressed at the very end. If approached topically, or systematically, this makes sense since eschatology means the doctrine of the "last things". This limitation in the meaning of the word is unfortunate since eschatology is found in every book of the bible--from the First Creation to the New Creation; from Paradise Lost to Paradise Restored. This represents the difference between a Biblical Eschatology and a Systematic Eschatology. A Biblical eschatology weaves together the entire story of God's intention to restore fallen creation. With this in view, Keith Mathison has written a 800- page Biblical Eschatology; a brief summary of the eschatological passages found in every book of the bible.
This theology book is a real gem. I loved reading it. The book will become a favorite, I'm sure, in my library. Mathison said that it is the fifth book he has written with "two fingers and a thumb. " So even though he is not an expert typist, he employs a superb, concise and easy- to- read writing style. Information from high level scholars is distilled into flowing and clear layman's language.

Those who seek to understand the bible as a whole likely would agree that some of the most difficult and debatable portions deal with eschatology. Unfortunately, these passages have caused friendly debate to turn into hostile division. Mathison has soothed this tendency with his irenic, well-researched approach. Due to a long term love for the subject, he has read massively as demonstrated in his extensive bibliography of top commentators.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on December 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After reading this thorough work on a biblical overview of eschatology, the student of covenantal themes can stop searching for an excellent book that has the broadness craved and start reading and pondering this volume on the unfolding of eschatological truth. In "From Age to Age: The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology," Keith A. Mathison puts the mass in massive (it is 812 pages).

The author defines the doctrine of eschatology (so many in contemporary religion hold incorrect notions) and then takes the reader for a marvelous journey through the books of scripture as he highlights the eschatological themes and the manner in which Jesus Christ fulfilled them as Lord, Savior, and Messiah.

This is a fine book for ministers and scholars, but is written with an assessable style and vocabulary. Mathison stresses the notion that the Kingdom of God is not limited to the future forasmuch as the King is currently reigning and the Kingdom is present with His people. Some readers may reject this already and not-yet structure, but this prodigious work is a splendid introduction to biblical eschatology.

The author furnishes:

- Biblical evidence that Christ inaugurated the Kingdom of God with His crucifixion and resurrection
- The Old Testament reveals Christ as one applies the New Testament
- A large deep introduction to God's unfolding covenants and promises
- A partial preterist view of Matthew 24
- Fascinating historical data on the period between the Old and New Testaments.

This work is God-centered and based on the person and work of Christ, hence it makes a delightful and edifying devotional tool or study resource.
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There are some very significant changes in this book from some of Mathison's previously written works on eschatology that need to be pointed out.

The main change is that Mathison used to divided Matthew 24-25 up into two sections--with two comings of Christ: 1) one in AD 70 Mt 24:1-34, and 2) one to end time Mt 24:35ff (cf. Mathison, "DISPENSATIONALISM Rightly Dividing the People of God?" p. 138ff). He is now partially following Gary DeMar's exegesis that the OD (Olivet Discourse) is united and that the coming of Christ in Mt 25:31ff. is also a reference to Christ's return in AD 70 (380). I say "partially" because he will not admit that the "end of the age" is the end of the old covenant age in AD 70 which is contextually tied to the destruction of the temple, which DeMar boldly points out. Mathison's change is curious because he, along with other Reformed theologians in his book, "When Shall These Things Be?" condemned "hyper-preterists" for coming up with exegesis or interpretations that could not be found in the early church fathers. Question, "What early church father taught that the coming of the Son of Man in Mt 25:31 was NOT the "actual" Second Coming of Jesus connected to the general judgment and resurrection - as Mathison has attempted to pull off in "FROM AGE TO AGE?"

Mathison takes EVERY eschatological text in 1 and 2 Thessalonians as being fulfilled in AD 70 except for 1 Thessalonians 4 (507ff., cf. Mathison, "Postmillennialism An Eschatology of Hope" pp. 225ff.). In order to establish his preterist interpretations of say 2 Thessalonians 2, he uses the parallels or analogy of Scripture hermeneutic with Matthew 24:

2 Thess. 2:1=Matt. 24:27, 30 a coming of the Lord
2 Thess. 2:1=Matt. 24:31 a gathering together to Him
2 Thess. 2:3=Matt.
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