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ISBN: 9781783680771
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 22
Publication Date: 14/10/2015
Pages: 426
Series: Studies in Theology
Language: English

From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth

A Christ-Centred Biblical Theology of the Promised Land


The land is an important theme in the Bible. It is a theme through which the whole biblical history found in the Old and New Testaments can be studied and analyzed. Looking at the land in the Bible from its beginnings in the garden of Eden this publication approaches the theme from three distinct perspectives – holiness, the covenant, and the kingdom. Through careful analysis the author recognises that the land has been universalized in Christ, as anticipated in the Old Testament, and as a result promotes a missional theology of the land that underlines the social and territorial dimensions of redemption.

Author Bios

Munther Isaac

MUNTHER ISAAC holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. Currently he serves as Academic Dean at Bethlehem Bible College and Director of the influential Christ at the Checkpoint conferences. He is also a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Munther is married to Rudaina, an architect, and they have two children, Karam and Zaid.


Munther Isaac’s From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth represents a new and significant work in biblical theology . . . This work is not only a significant contribution to biblical scholarship, its contemporary relevance makes it a must buy for students of the Bible and theology alike.

Dr Thomas Harvey
Academic Dean, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

This is an extraordinary book. It does not fall into the trap of playing Christian universality against Israel’s particularity in view of the “Holy Land.” It sees the unity of the Bible as a whole in regaining the universal scope of God’s particular covenant with Israel to establish justice on earth. . .

Dr Ulrich Duchrow
Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Heidelberg

Table of Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
    1. A Biblical Theology of the Land
  3. Chapter 1
    1. The Theology of the Land in the Garden of Eden
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. Eden as a Sanctuary
      3. 2. Torah and Covenant in Eden
      4. 3. Eden as a Kingdom
      5. 4. Eden and Biblical Theology
      6. 5. Conclusion: The Theology of Land in Eden
  4. Chapter 2
    1. The Land of Holiness
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. Holy God, Holy People, Holy Land
      3. 2. Sanctuaries
      4. 3. Conclusions
  5. Chapter 3
    1. The Covenanted Land
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. Covenants in the Old Testament: Two Main Types
      3. 2. Land and Covenant
      4. 3. Land as a Mandate
      5. 4. Stipulations of Keeping the Covenant – Ethics in the Land
      6. 5. Conclusions
  6. Chapter 4
    1. Kingship, Vicegerency and Universal Dominion
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. Abraham as a Royal Figure
      3. 2. The Royal Status of Israel
      4. 3. The Theology of Kingship in Israel
      5. 4. The Failure of the Monarchy
      6. 5. Universal Dominion
      7. 6. Conclusion
  7. Chapter 5
    1. The Land in the New History
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. From Crisis to New History
      3. 2. Eschatological Holiness in the Land’s New History
      4. 3. New Covenant in the Land’s New History
      5. 4. The Royal Vicegerent in the Land’s New History
      6. 5. Conclusion
  8. Chapter 6
    1. The Theology of the Land in the Old Testament
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. The Land as Eden Regained
      3. 2. The Land and Old Testament Biblical Theology
      4. 3. The Land and Old Testament Theology – Concluding Remarks
    2. First Century Jewish Theology of the Land
  9. Chapter 7
    1. The Jesus-Event and the Land
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. The Study of the Land in the NT
      3. 2. The Jesus-Event as a Hermeneutical Key
      4. 3. The Jesus-Event Aftershocks
      5. 4. Conclusion
  10. Chapter 8
    1. Jesus and Holy Space
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. Background: The Temple in the Time of Jesus
      3. 2. The Embodiment of God’s Presence, and the Nullification of Holy Place
      4. 3. The Church as Holy Space
      5. 4. Universal Holiness
      6. 5. The Demand for Ethical Holiness
      7. 6. Conclusion – The Arrival of the Eschatological Temple
  11. Chapter 9
    1. Jesus and the Covenanted Land
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. Background: Covenanted Nomism
      3. 2. Israel and the Land Redefined
      4. 3. The Covenanted People Redefined
      5. 4. The Inheritance as a Mandate
      6. 5. The Nullification of the Old Covenant
      7. 6. Conclusion – The Church as the Eschatological Covenant Community
  12. Chapter 10
    1. Jesus and the Kingdom of God on Earth
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. Background: Expectation of Restoration in Jesus’ Time
      3. 2. The Jesus-Event and the Reign of God on Earth
      4. 3. The Kingdom and the Viceregency of Jesus in the Epistles
      5. 4. The Mission of the Church and Universal Dominion
      6. 5. A Future Israelite Kingdom?
      7. 6. Conclusions – The Land and the Kingdom
  13. Chapter 11
    1. The Land as Eden Restored
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. Echoes of Eden in the Jesus-Event
      3. 2. Eden in the NT
      4. 3. The NT and the Restoration of Creation
      5. 4. Conclusion: A Better Place
  14. Chapter 12
    1. Conclusions: Towards a Missional Theology of the Land
      1. Introduction
      2. 1. The Land and Biblical Theology: A Paradigm
      3. 2. A Christ-Centered Theology of the Land
      4. 3. From Land to Lands: A Missional Theology of the Land
  15. Epilogue
    1. 1. The Promised Land Today
    2. 2. Religion, Christian Theology, and the Palestinian Israeli Conflict
    3. 3. A Palestinian Christian Response: Towards a Shared Land Theology
  16. Bibliography