The Presence of God among His People: From the Creation to the New Creation
Keywords:Creation, Presence of God, People of God, New Creation, Sanctuary, Temple
In biblical studies and biblical theology, a central question still discussed until today is the following: what theme or motif can unify the biblical storyline from OT to NT? This article proposes the motif of the presence of God, who indwells among His people, as the answer. God, who desires to be near to His people, reveals His presence in holy places across biblical accounts. By using word studies, intertextual studies in the canonical bible, and extrabiblical studies, this article demonstrates that God's revealing of His presence focused in holy places that He established in this world, began from the Garden of Eden in the first creation and extended through the Tabernacle, the Temple, the Church, to the creation of the new heaven and earth. The purpose of this article is to present a biblical overview of the presence of God among His people and its implications for the Christian life.
Beale, G.K. The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2004.
Beale, G.K. A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.
Beale, G.K., dan Mitchell Kim. God Dwells among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015.
Block, Daniel I. “Eden: A Temple? A Reassessment of the Biblical Evidence.” Dalam From Creation to New Creation: Biblical Theology and Exegesis (Essays in Honor of G.K. Beale), diedit oleh Daniel M. Gurtner dan Benjamin L. Gladd, 3–32. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2013.
Dennis, Ryan S. “The Temple of God and the Early Christian Church.” Tesis, Reformed Theological Seminary, 2016.
Eichler, Raanan. “Cherub: A History of Interpretation,” Biblica 96, no. 1 (2015): 26-38. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41438-1_1
Fritz, Volkmar. “Temple Architecture: What Can Archaeology Tell Us About Solomon’s Temple?” Biblical Archaeological Review 13, no. 4 (1987): 38-49.
Gentry, Peter J. “Kingdom through Covenant: Humanity as The Divine Image,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 12, no. 1 (2008): 16-42.
Haran, Menahem. Temples and Temple Service in Ancient Israel. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1985.
Hays, J. Daniel. The Temple and The Tabernacle: A Study of God’s Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2016.
Hinckley, Robert. “Adam, Aaron, and the Garden Sanctuary,” Logia 22, no. 4 (2013): 5-12.
Hurowitz, Victor Avigdor. “YHWH’s Exalted House–Aspects of the Design and Symbolism of Solomon’s Temple.” Dalam Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel. Diedit oleh John Day, 63-110. London: T&T Clark, 2007.
Hyde, Daniel R. God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God. Sanford: Reformation Trust, 2012.
Koehler, Ludwig, dan Walter Baumgartner. The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: Brill, 2001.
Levenson, Jon D. Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible. San Francisco: Harper, 1987.
Monson, John. “The New Ain Dara Temple: Closest Solomon Parallel,” Biblical Archaeological Review 26, no. 3 (2000): 20-35.
Sarna, Nahum. Exodus, The JPS Torah Commentary. Philadephia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1991.
Sasson, Victor. “The Aramaic Text of the Tell Fakhriyah Assyrian-Aramaic Bilingual Inscription.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 97, no. 1 (1985): 86-103. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zatw.1922.214.171.124
Schachter, Lifsa B. “The Garden of Eden as God’s First Sanctuary.” Jewish Bible Quarterly 41, no. 2 (2013): 73–77.
Walton, John H. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2009.
Walton, John H. Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2011. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5325/j.ctv1bxgz8g
Walton, John H. Old Testament Theology for Christians: From Ancient Context to Enduring Belief. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2017.
Wenham, Gordon. “Sanctuary Symbolism in the Garden of Eden Story.” Dalam I Studied Inscriptions from Before the Flood: Ancient Near Eastern, Literary, and Linguistic Approaches to Genesis 1-11. Diedit oleh Richard S. Hess dan David Toshio Tsumura. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1994.
Wolff, Hans Walter. Anthropology of the Old Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1974.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2020 Martus Adinugraha Maleachi, Hendra Yohanes
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.