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Greatness Of The Kingdom [Hardcover]

By McClain Alva (Author)
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Pages   556
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.42"
Weight:   2.06 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   BMH Books
ISBN  0884690113  
EAN  9780884690115  

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The Greatness of the Kingdom, Dr. Alva J. McClain's penetrating analysis of the Kingdom of God as taught in both the Old and New Testaments, has just been republished in a handsome hardback, dust jacket edition by BMH Books of Winona Lake, IN. Dr. McClain, who was the founding president of Grace Theological Seminary, was a member of the Scofield Reference Bible Revision Committee and a charter member of the Evangelical Theological Society. The newly-republished McClain book is the first in a series of new books and updated reprints that will be forthcoming from the revitalized BMH Books, a division of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.

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This classic, penetrating analysis of the Kingdom of God as taught in both the Old and New Testaments has been republished in a handsome hardback dust jacket edition. This masterwork was written by the founding president of Grace Theological Seminary, who was a member of the Scofield Reference Bible Revision Committee and a charter member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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Very detailed in most areas  May 29, 2008
I bought the book to help properly interpret the "Kingdom of God" teachings in the Gospels, and apply them to the rest of the New Testament. This book does an outstanding job of laying the groundwork for the context of those teachings. The detail provided in the Old Testament use of the concept of the future kingdom is worth the effort to read in itself.

I think the unavoidable conclusion is that if dispensationalists are challenged by a handful of verses in the New Testament epistles regarding the kingdom (the answers he has to which are decent for all but two), covenant theologians are left with a completely untenable system due to a need to allegorize literally hundreds of passages that refer to a future Millennial Kingdom.

I was also struck by his presentation of Peter's defense to the Sanhedrin as the second offer of the Kingdom to Israel. I hadn't seen it as such before, but I think he showed it as tying up a couple of loose ends, and doing a good job of fulfilling a specific prophecy by Jesus regarding the future of the church.

Unfortunately, I think he completely drops the ball in tying the rest of the Bible's use of the term to the Pauline use. This section is just over a dozen pages long out of 500, and it was the primary reason I bought the book. Of course, his defense would probably be that he gave the Pauline use as much room as it deserved compared to how much the rest of the Bible speaks to the topic, and how little the New Testament epistles do. In that sense, maybe he did answer the question I had after all.
Review of McClain  Apr 15, 2008
Want to read a classic that has survived over the years? Well, here is one that is both basic and 'meaty' for those who want more than the basics. McClain does a masterful job developing the "Kingdom of God" theme as presented in Scripture. He takes a dispensational and pre-millennial position supporting his views from Scripture themselves.
I highly recommend this volume to anyone who is interested in what the future holds for the nation of Israel as well as the Church's relation to the Kingdom of God. Must read!!
perfect condition  May 7, 2007
the product i have purchased is in excellent condition. it was a great purchase!
A rich, satisfying study of the kingdom of God in the Bible  Dec 16, 2003
McClain wrote this book back in 1959. He was hoping that it would be volume 5 of a seven volume systematic theology series, but it never materialized. McClain died before he could complete the project. This volume is all we have, but boy, is it a good one! McClain goes from Genesis to Revelation, discussing the kingdom of God as it appears on the pages of scripture. The first half of the book deals with the kingdom in the Old Testament. He asserts that there is a universal kingdom where God rules over everyone, and there is a mediatorial kingdom, experienced either in the form of the Old Testament Israelite Theocracy, or in the life of the individual believer. He points out that even though we are experiencing some of the benefits of kingdom life on earth if we are Christians, we still need to look forward to the day when God installs Christ as head of the future 1000 year messianic kingdom on earth so that God's rule may be experienced by one and all (at least those who survive the judgment at the second coming of Christ).

The book was well written, and was very practical. My only quibble was that in a 531 page book, McClain devoted just 12 pages to the kingdom in Paul's writings. His reasoning for this is that Paul concentrated more on the church than on the kingdom. But Paul still had some important things to say about it (Romans 14:17-18; 2 Thessalonians 1, et al), and I would have liked to have seen McClain compare Paul's kingdom concept with that of Jesus and the Old Testament and the book of Revelation. With over a hundred pages devoted to the book of Revelation alone, and only 12 pages for all 13 Pauline epistles, I feel that the book didn't satisfy my desire for proportion.

But having said that, what the book does contain is excellent, and I highly recommned it, if you can find it.

Outstanding Book--Must Read  Dec 31, 1999
I am currently reading this book for the second time. McClain discusses in easy-to-understand language God's unraveling plan of kingdom rule on earth. This book is definite reading to gain an understanding of the Old Testament covenants and their relation to Jesus Christ as "Mediatorial" King. In addition, McClain sheds light on the unique post-Pentecost era as a time of a reoffer to Israel of her promised Old Testament kingdom blessings through repentance and faith in Christ. This rejected, the Gentiles become members of the "ekklesia" or church. The Pauline epistles become, then, the outlaying of God's gradual revelation of the "mystery" or Church Age... which is closed at the "rapture." Israel's promised blessings, then, await a period of tribulation after which Christ will forcefully reenter history and take world power in a "Second Advent." McClain closes the book with an appendix on "Spirituality in the Kingdom" wherein he identifies Platonic Dualism as the main reason many Christians reject a literal millenial kingdom in the future. McClain convincingly shows that such Greek concepts are not found in scripture. Interesting, fun reading that makes you think throughout the day what you have read.

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