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ISBN: 9781783686469
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 10
Publication Date: 30/09/2019
Pages: 170
Series: Majority World Theology Series
Language: English

All Things New

Eschatology in the Majority World


The Christian faith presents a distinctive vision of last things: that God in Christ aims to reconcile the world to himself, and through his Spirit and a new people, to set all things to right. This good news is for all nations and peoples, but for too long the Christian doctrine of eschatology has focused on debates and arguments rooted solely in the Western church. In All Things New, leading theologians and biblical scholars from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America offer readers a glimpse of how Christians around the globe are perceiving and describing the Christian hope. The result is a remarkably refreshing and distinctive vision of eschatology guaranteed to raise new questions and add new insights to the global church’s vision of the eschaton.

Author Bios

Gene L. Green
(Edited By)

Gene L. GreeN (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois. Previously he taught New Testament and served as Academic Dean and Rector of the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica. He is the author of four biblical commentaries written in Spanish and English and Vox Petri: A Theology of Peter (Cascade, 2019), coauthor of The New Testament in Antiquity (Zondervan, 2009), and coeditor of Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective (InterVarsity Academic, 2012). His current research focuses on the intersection of the Christian faith and cultures, both ancient and contemporary.

Stephen T. Pardue
(Edited By)

Steve Pardue (PhD, Wheaton College) is Associate Professor of Theology at the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Manila, Philippines. He is the author of The Mind of Christ: Humility and the Intellect in Early Christian Theology (London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2012) and co-editor of Asian Christian Theology (Carlisle, UK: Langham Global Library). He grew up in the Philippines and moved back there after finishing his doctoral work. His areas of research include virtue theory, contextual theology, and the doctrine of providence.

K. K. Yeo
(Edited By)

K. K. YEO is Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.


The collection of insightful essays on various aspects of eschatology brings the Majority World Theology Series to a fitting conclusion. Especially significant is the way these essays connect a robust Christian hope, and the biblical eschatology that supports it, with present Christian existence and public witness in particular cultures. Let us hope that these and other voices continue to speak, and that this ending of a series is also a beginning – the beginning of still more contextualized theologies and practices of hope, especially where people and the rest of God’s creation are suffering.

Michael J. Gorman, PhD
Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

With this volume, Gene Green, Stephen Pardue, and K. K. Yeo offer us an introduction to the expansive landscape of eschatologies in the Majority World. Wide-ranging in location and in topic but grounded in specifics, each essay offers nuanced reflection from Africa, Asia, and Latin America on concepts like death, hope, and the kingdom of God. Each contributor challenges us to remember that hope abstracted from the realities of colonization, imperialism, and oppression is not true hope and reinforces how eschatology affects everything from exegesis to ethics.

Amy Brown Hughes, PhD
Assistant Professor of Theology, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, USA

Eschatology remains a fascinating and often deeply contentious part of Christian theology. But as Christianity’s center of gravity moves ever more decisively outside the West, how does that affect attitudes to themes from apocalyptic, to Zionism, to the nature of God’s kingdom? How are such ideas reinterpreted against the diverse cultural and political backgrounds of Africa, Asia and Latin America? In a rich and intriguing collection of essays, All Things New explores and expounds ideas that have inspired thinkers since the earliest Christian ages. A thoughtful and rewarding collection.

Philip Jenkins, PhD
Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA

Like the rudder of a vessel, though less noticed, eschatology sets a direction for God’s people (or oikumene) in diverse contexts. The unfolding of God’s plan informs and guides today’s church to faithfully bear witness to God’s salvation. Thus, this book serves as the fitting conclusion and climax of this ground-breaking Majority Theology series.

Wonsuk Ma, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Global Christianity, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    Stephen T. Pardue
  2. 1. Eschatology, Apocalyptic, Ethics, and Political Theology
    D. Stephen Long
  3. 2. The Past, the Present, and the Future of African Christianity: An Eschatological Vision for African Christianity
    James Henry Owino Kombo
  4. 3. Revelation 21:1–4 from an African Perspective
    John D. K. Ekem
  5. 4. From Dispensationalism to Theology of Hope:Latin American Perspectives on Eschatology
    Alberto F. Roldán
  6. 5. The Kingdom of God: Latin American Biblical Reflections on Eschatology
    Nelson R. Morales Fredes
  7. 6. Asia and God’s Cruciform Eschatological Reign
    Aldrin Peñamora
  8. 7. From Judeophilia to Ta-Tung in Taiwanese Eschatology
    Shirley S. Ho
  9. Contributors
  10. Index of Names
  11. Index of Scripture
  12. Index of Subjects


John David Kwamena Ekem

John David Kwamena Ekem (dr Theol., magna cum laude, University of Hamburg) is professor of New Testament Studies and Director, Centre for Mother Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics at Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Accra, Ghana. He is also the Seminary’s Vice-President responsible for Academic Affairs. An ordained minister of The Methodist Church Ghana, he also occupies the Seminary’s Kwesi Disckson-Gilbert Ansre Distinguished Chair of Biblical Exegesis & Mother Tongue Hermeneutics, and serves as Translation Consultant for The Bible Society of Ghana. He has supervised the translation and revision of the Bible into several major Ghanian languages and continues to do so. A member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Society for New Testament Studies), he has authored several books on mother-tongue biblical interpretation, including New Testament Concepts of Atonement in an African Pluralistic Setting (Accra: SonLife Pres, 2005); Early Scriptures of the Gold Coast (Ghana) (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura / Manchester: St Jerome Publishing, 2011); and, most recently, A Simplified Greek-English Commentary on the Epistle to the Colossians (Accra: SonLife Press, 2017), adapted from original commentaries he wrote in the Asante-Twi and Mfantse dialects of Ghana.

Shirley S. Ho

SHIRLEY S. HO (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Filipino-Chinese, and has lived in Taiwan for the past eleven years. She is currently Assistant Professor of the Old Testament at China Evangelical Seminary, Taipei, Taiwan, and teaches courses on Biblical Hebrew, the Old Testament, and Research and Writing. Shirley is currently writing her post-doctoral project on Proverbs, and has presented her article, The Journey of a Son: Narrative Reading of Proverbs 1–9, at the 2017 SBL International Meeting, at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

James Henry Owino Kombo

James Henry Owino Kombo (PhD, Stellenbosch University) is a Kenyan Anglican minister and Professor of Theological Studies at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya. His outstanding publications include The Doctrine of God in African Christian Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2007) and Theological Models of the Doctrine of the Trinity: The Trinity, Diversity and Theological Hermeneutics (Carlisle, UK: Langham Global Library, 2016). Though focused on theological studies, Prof. Kombo continues to serve in the senior management of Daystar University, having been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) for ten years and acting Vice-Chancellor since November 2015. He is an active member of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (ASET) and editor of the Africa Journal of Evangelical Society. James is married to Pamela and together they have three children: Leonida, Philip and Samuel.

D. Stephen Long

D. Stephen Long (PhD, Duke University) is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA. He is an ordained United Methodist minister in the Indiana Conference. He works at the intersection between theology and ethics and has published over fifty essays and fifteen books on theology and ethics, including Divine Economy: Theology and the Market (New York: Routledge, 2000); The Goodness of God: Theology, Church and Social Order (Grand Rapids:BrazosPress, 2001); John Wesley’s Moral Theology: The Quest for God and Goodness (Wolfeboro, NH: Kingswood, 2005); Calculated Futures (Baylor: Baylor University Press, 2007); Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: OUP, 2010); Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014); The Perfectly Simple Triune God: Aquinas and His Legacy (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016); and Augustinian and Ecclesial Christian Ethics: On Loving Enemies (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2018).

Nelson R. Morales Fredes

Nelson R. Morales Fredes (PhD Theological Studies/New Testament, Trinity International University) is professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics at Seminario Teológico Centroamericano, Guatemala. Originally from Chile, he has lived, studied, and taught in Guatemala since 1993. He has written several articles in the journal Kairós, encyclopedia entries, a commentary on 2 Corinthians in Comentario Bíblico Contemporáneo (San Sebastián: Certeza Unida / Buenos Aires: Ediciones Kairós), and Poor and Rich in James: A Relevance Theory Approach to James’s Use of the Old Testament in the Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement Series (University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns, 2018). He is also a board member of the Evangelical Society for Socio-Religious Studies (SEES) in Guatemala.

Aldrin M. Peñamora

ALDRIN M. PEÑAMORA earned his PhD in Christian Ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary, California, USA. He is the Executive Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission and PCEC Theological Commission. He is also Executive Director of the PCEC-affiliated Center for the Study of Christian-Muslim Relations, and teaches theology and ethics at Asia Graduate School of Theology, International Graduate School of Leadership and Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines.

Alberto F. Roldán

Alberto F. Roldán (Dr Theo., Instituto Universitario Isedet) is from Argentina. He is Postgraduate Studies Director of Instituto Teológico Fiet, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and visiting professor at Lee University, Semisud, Ecuador, South African Theological Seminary, Bryanston, South Africa, and Universidad Adventista del Plata, Libertador San Martin, Argentina. He is a prolific writer, having authored or edited thirty books, including ¿Para qué sirve la teología? (Grand Rapids: Libros Desafío, 2011); Reino, política y misión (Lima: Ediciones Puma, 2011); Atenas y Jerusalén en diálogo: Filosofía y teología en la mediación hermenéutica (Lima: Ediciones Puma, 2015); Hermenéutica y signos de los tiempos (Buenos Aires: Teología y Cultura, 2016); La teología de la cruz como crítica radical a la teología de la prosperidad, Aportes Teológicos 3 (San José: UBL, 2018). He is a member of Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana (FTL) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and was awarded “Theological Personality of 2016” by the Asociación Evangélica de Educación Teológica en América Latina” (AETAL). Roldán is also the Director of Teología y Cultura:

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