Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Pillars of the Kingdom: Five Features of the Kingdom of God Progressively Revealed in the Old Testament

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Pillars of the Kingdom: Five Features of the Kingdom of God Progressively Revealed in the Old Testament

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Pillars of the Kingdom: Five Features of the Kingdom of God Progressively Revealed in the Old Testament. By Robert I. Vasholz. Lanham: University Press of America, 1997, ix + 238 pp., $29.50 paper.

Vasholz has set forth in this book a theology of the kingdom of God that he believes is revealed in stages throughout the OR Beginning in Genesis and concluding with the prophets of the neo-Persian era, he arranges this development under five rubrics: kingdom politics, kingdom pilgrims, kingdom progress, kingdom profile and kingdom presence.

This way of approaching the OT is intriguing in that it dares to suggest that a theology of God's kingdom is present even in the earliest chapters of Genesis. In Genesis 1-3, for example, Vasholz depicts man as the representative of God's kingdom on earth, the agent of God's rule over the creation (kingdom politics). God is present in the garden (kingdom presence). There is order and design in the creation from the very beginning (kingdom profile). There is a spiritual struggle in the lives of the first human couple involving a choice between righteousness and evil (kingdom pilgrims). Although there is moral failure on the part of man, God provides for spiritual victory in the midst of defeat and paves the way for the spiritual progress of mankind (kingdom progress). …

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