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Kingdom Prologue: Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview Paperback – February 1, 2006
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About the Author
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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While the subtitle of Kingdom Prologue - "Genesis foundations for a covenantal worldview" - suggests a limited scope of Genesis, the reader will find out that Kline explores the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation, to help paint the picture of the unity of history and Scripture by God's divinely administered covenants.
Kline's best work came with the first 6 chapters of Genesis. Even in 1988, he had spent some 30 years of his life studying the first chapters of Genesis in great detail--in the original ancient Hebrew (etc).
Though his wording can be thick and "theologically stilted" (ie. tough to wade through and brainy), it also provides an illuminating view of the foundational truths of the one, living, Creator-God, and His dealings with His Creation--especially man.
While some have posted negative reviews, it is unlikely that they have spent 30-50 years of their lives studying such texts in their original languages, and teaching in so much depth--as Kline did. Nor have they known his instruction first-hand, as I have.
Kline is a true conservative, and strictly orthodox in his approach to Scripture. Some here, have accused him of fitting his interpretation of Scripture to his own mental framework (eisegesis), rather than building a framework from his deep knowledge of the original texts (exegesis). They'd be wrong.
[Geerhardus Vos, himself, called Kline: "The Prince of Exegetes" (and that's no small thing), but Kline played such things down, pouring himself, instead, into God's Word.]
I can't say that I agree(d) with Dr. Kline in all respects, but I did always respect him. He made me think, and question what I believe in relation to the text--God's words. So, I am glad to purchase this this text, and wade through it again.
When I knew him, his best & favorite work (by his own admission) had been through Genesis chapter 6, though his treatment through Abram/Abraham is also thought-provoking.
So, if you're up to wading through some thick, but thought-provoking material, have a go at this. Your time won't be wasted.
[Oh, and the thought that Kline was not reformed or a Calvinist (or even a heretic, as proposed by some leaving reviews) is laughable. Kline was so reformed/such a Calvinist, he squeeked.]
There are many good resources available for free on the internet that aide in better understanding the thought of Meredith Kline. For those beginning to approach Biblical Theology I recommend Lee Iron's Introduction to Kline mp3 series that can be accessed The Upper Register.
Many readers will perhaps be turned off my Kline's Framework approach to Genesis 1. This approach doesn't discount the possibility of a six day creation but instead focuses on the theological and literary meaning of the text. Kline's use of comparative ANE studies sets an example for those who desire to understand the Old Testament in its original context. This isn't some novel concept. A similar approach is taken in New Testament studies when second temple literature is analyzed in order to understand the conceptual thought world of the day. While these works are not equal to scripture they are invaluable in helping us understand the competing ideas that would set themselves up against God's revelation. When you understand some of the ideas that existed in regards to creation in the ancient Near East you see with greater clarity the theological claims made in not only Genesis 1 but the rest of Genesis.
The author is a reformed and covenantal theologian. This will be strange to many readers, both those unfamiliar with reformed theology and those unfamiliar with Covenant theology. The benefit of the covenantal approach is that it weds systematic to biblical theology. Reformed theology that is abstracted from God's unfolding covenantal relation is a hard thing.
Kline takes "the unfolding of God's Covenantal Kingdom" as his approach to the grand theme of scripture. This is a helpful approach and will need to be incorporated in any future attempt to discern questions of central storyline.
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Waste of time if you read it;
A perfect example of "eisgesis": Kline read-in his theological presupposition into biblical...Read more