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God, Heaven, and Har Magedon: A Covenantal Tale of Cosmos and Telos Paperback – March 15, 2006
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Meredith G. Kline was Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He received his B.D. and Th.M. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and his Ph.D. degree in Assyriology and Egyptology from Dropsie College. Professor Kline maintained an active writing and teaching ministry, serving on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. He was also an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. The collection of essays in the recently-published Creator, Redeemer, Consummator, a festschrift written in honor of Dr. Kline, attests to the indelible influence his work has exerted on contemporary biblical and theological scholarship.
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Once again, Dr. Kline delivers an impressive exegetical analysis, as he traces the "Mountain of God" typology through the Bible. In this book, he argues that the "Mountain of God" helps illustrate the seen and unseen kingdoms of God, from the Garden of Eden to the final judgment sequences in Daniel, Revelation, and other apocalyptic texts. This book complements Kingdom Prologue and some of his earlier books which develop the covenant worldview/theology; it also includes academic papers which he has written.
I think this book will challenge the commonly held apocalyptic/eschatological views of many faithful Christians in the decades to come. In so doing, it will hopefully enable God's Church to come to a better understanding and fulfillment of its role in this world and the next.
1) Be convinced of covenant theology.
2) Have no problem reading an author who considers his thoughts so original that he constantly has to make up his own vocabulary in order to communicate them. I'm not joking. There are some authors that think putting in large words makes them sound more intelligent. Kline is in another category. Those who find the English language totally insufficient to communicate his thoughts, and thus leaving preachers and teachers the job of translating him into understandable English. Correction. . . translating him into English.
Seriously, though, Meredith Kline's work will, as usual, make you think. He is a gifted and unique scholar. I just wish he would spend a little more time making himself clear.
Tracing the concept of "God's Mountain" from Genesis to Revelation Kline accomplishes in reverse what Kingdom Prologue accomplished looking forward. Before beginning his survey of God's Mountain, Meredith Kline exegetes a key passage in Revelation and then takes things in an unexpected direction. Realizing that Armageddon is most likely a greek transliteration of the Hebrew "Har Magedon" Kline takes this exegetical insight and then explores how the Har Magedon develops throughout the Canon.
God, Heaven, and Har Magedon was Meredith Kline's last book before he was called to be with Christ in the "Upper Register." This work is a good example of biblical theology and displays the progressive revelation of the Old and New Testament.
If you struggle with "Klinean" terminology visit The Upper Register, this site is dedicated (among other things) to the working out of Meredith Kline's biblical theological insights.
The major move in this democratic direction was to enliven the analysis of the covenants by introducing the series of covenant administrations within the intriguing story line of Har Magedon, the mountain of God. Extending as it does from creation to consummation, the tale of Har Magedon readily accommodates the total history of the covenants . . . Moreover, quite apart from such considerations the current state of secularized and dispensational versions of "Armageddon" (fantastic fiction all) makes a review of the biblical Har Magedon motif timely.
Though the covenants remain the theological foundation and heart of the matter, by its adoption as our narrative framework, Har Magedon becomes the dominant serface theme. As we track this theme through the Scriptures we discover a recurring pattern, an eschatological megastructure that appears in each of the typological world ages culminating respectively at mounts Ararat and Sinai/Zion and then once again, climactically, in the antitypical New Covenant age. This Har Magedon paradigm, which shapes our telling of the covenental tale, consists in the following complex of elements: establishment of a kingdom covenant by the Lord of Har Magedon; a meritorious accomplishment by the covenant grantee, triumphant in the Har Magedon conflict; a common grace interim before the coming of the covenanted kingdom; an antichrist crisis; consummation of the Glory-Kingdom through a last judgement victory of the covenant Lord in a final battle of Har Magedon.
If only in condensed, digest fashion the present work is thus a comprehensive biblio-theological survey of the kingdom of God from Eden to the New Jerusalem.