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In the Gospels, Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven to many things. A sower, a mustard seed, hidden treasure, fine pearls, a fishing net, yeast—the parables that mystified the disciples 2,000 years ago still form deep wells for discussion and teaching today. This collection features some of the best commentaries and studies on the kingdom of God and heaven from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Unfold the mystery with scholars like Arthur W. Pink, Ernest F. Scott, and Alexander Balmain Bruce, and over 3,000 pages of commentary, criticism, context, interpretation, and application. This collection is an excellent resource for impactful illustrations, filled with thoughts on the eternal implications of our momentary lives.

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Key Features

  • 15 classic works on the kingdom of God and heaven
  • Over 3,000 pages of commentary, criticism, context, interpretation, and application
  • Noted authors from a variety of backgrounds

Individual Titles

The Kingdom of Heaven: Its Significance and Scope

  • Author: Arthur W. Pink
  • Publisher: “Our Hope” Publication Office
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 44

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This small but impactful volume from Reformed scholar A. W. Pink discusses the enigmatic phrase “kingdom of heaven.” Pink argues that—similarly to “under the sun” in Ecclesiastes and “truly, truly” in John—“the kingdom of heaven” is a key to unlocking themes in Matthew and the other Synoptic Gospels.

Arthur W. Pink (1886–1952) pastored churches in the United States and Australia. At the age of 24, Pink experienced an evangelical conversion and crossed the Atlantic from Great Britain to study at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. But after only six weeks, he left to take up a pastoral ministry during which he found his way to a strictly Calvinistic position in theology. In 1922, Pink produced a monthly magazine entitled Studies in the Scriptures which circulated among English-speaking Christians worldwide.

The Kingdom of God and History

  • Authors: H. G. Wood, C. H. Dodd, Edwyn Bevan, Eugene W. Lyman, Paul Tillich, H. D. Wendland, and Christopher Dawson
  • Editor: J. H. Oldham
  • Series: The Official Oxford Conference Books
  • Publisher: Willett, Clark & Company
  • Publication Date: 1938
  • Pages: 229

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Part of the Official Oxford Conference Books series, this volume brings together the perspectives of seven scholars discussing the kingdom of heaven. Writing in the aftermath of World War I, C. H. Dodd, Edwyn Bevan, H. G. Wood, and others consider the implications of various understandings of the kingdom of heaven on the progress of Christianity and in relation to different theories of history. The voices in this volume form a thought provoking chorus that illuminates the various facets of the kingdom of heaven.

The Kingdom of God in the New Testament

  • Author: Ernest F. Scott
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1931
  • Pages: 205

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“Nothing is so necessary for the understanding of our religion as to grasp something of the meaning of [the kingdom of God],” begins Ernest F. Scott in his preface to his volume on the subject. Scott argues that a grasp of the kingdom of God is the key to New Testament exegesis, and makes it his chief aim “to determine how Jesus conceived of the Kingdom of God.” Scott also discusses the Jewish understanding of the kingdom of God before Christ, and how later New Testament writers address the subject.

Ernest F. Scott was professor of New Testament Criticism at Union Theological Seminary, New York.

The Kingdom of God and the Messiah

  • Author: Ernest F. Scott
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 280

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This volume helps us understand Jesus’ message as his first hearers would have, in the framework of Jewish eschatology. Ernest F. Scott provides context on the confusion and wide range of reactions Jesus received from his own people, from heretic, to political leader, to personal savior. Scott also discusses how the message of the kingdom of heaven is “all-pervading and determinative” in Jesus’ teaching.

Ernest F. Scott was professor of New Testament Criticism at Union Theological Seminary, New York.

The Kingdom of God: Christ’s Teaching according to the Synoptical Gospels

  • Author: Alexander Balmain Bruce
  • Publisher: Scribner & Welford
  • Publication Date: 1889
  • Pages: 373

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This scholarly volume on the kingdom of God goes in depth into what Christ teaches in the Synoptic Gospels. After a critical introduction to the Gospel texts, Alexander Balmain Bruce discusses Christ’s teachings on the kingdom, the law of Moses, God the Father, the church, and much more. Bruce offers a holistic picture of the Christianity that Christ taught.

Alexander Balmain Bruce (1831–1899) was professor of New Testament exegesis at the Free Church College, Glasgow.

The Kingdom of God: Biblically and Historically Considered

  • Author: James S. Candlish
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 458

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This significant scholarly text from James S. Candlish provides both an in depth discussion of Christ’s teachings on the kingdom of heaven and a survey of how it has been taught and sought by Christians from the early Church Fathers to the social theories of nineteenth century. Candlish provides reliable Reformed scholarship on the kingdom of God, and how our understanding of it impacts all humanity—from the most powerful states to the most vulnerable individuals.

James S. Candlish was professor of Theology at the Free Church College, Glasgow.

A Study of the Kingdom

  • Author: T.P. Stafford
  • Publisher: Southern Baptist Convention
  • Publication Date: 1925
  • Pages: 246

This volume from T. P. Stafford provides a biblical exposition of the kingdom of heaven. Stafford investigates the teachings of Jesus, Paul, Peter, and others. He also investigates the Jewish understanding the kingdom and how it has influenced Christian thought, correctly and incorrectly.

T.P. Stafford (1866–1942) was professor of Christian doctrines and evidence at Kansas City Theological Seminary. He is also the author of A Study of the Holy Spirit and The Origin of Christian Science.

The Kingdom of Heaven

  • Author: H. Maldwin Hughes
  • Publisher: Epworth
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 192

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“Every preacher and teacher has to face the question—what is the gospel? Jesus began his ministry by proclaiming the advent of the Kingdom of Heaven,” begins Wesleyan minister H. Maldwin Hughes. Seeing the kingdom of heaven as the central message of Jesus’ ministry, Hughes presents this expository volume designed for preachers and teachers use in the course of their ministry. Hughes defines both the “evolutionary” and “catastrophic” readings of Christ’s teaching, striving to objectively show the value and deficiencies in both.

H. Maldwin Hughes (1875–1940) earned his DD from London University and was ordained as a Wesleyan minister in 1896. His numerous works include Wesley and Whitefield, Faith and Progress, and The Christian Idea of God.

The Kingdom of Heaven: Here and Hereafter

  • Author: Rayner Winterbotham
  • Series: The Churchman’s Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1898
  • Pages: 286

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In this volume, Rayner Winterbotham examines each of Jesus’ parables describing the kingdom of heaven. Winterbotham focuses on understanding Jesus’ speech in its first century Jewish context. He focuses on fleshing out Jesus’ original message in a modern Western context.

Rayner Winterbotham was canon of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.

What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

  • Author: A. Clutton Brock
  • Edition: 4th
  • Publisher: Methuen & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1919
  • Pages: 168

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Christ’s teachings recorded in the Gospels are filled with parables and teachings on the kingdom of heaven, yet century after century Christian orthodoxy has failed to emphasize it in the same way. A. Clutton Brock argues that “the [kingdom of heaven] is not the center of Christian thought and teaching,” but it ought to be. He discusses how a proper understanding and emphasis on the kingdom of heaven impacts everything from global politics to the lives of individuals.

A. Clutton Brock (1868–1924) was a biblical scholar and literary critic.

The Three Kingdoms: The Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God and the Father’s Kingdom

  • Author: L. McWherther
  • Publisher: Our Country Steam Printing House
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 148

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In this volume, L. McWherther unpacks Scripture to define the origin, identity, nature, and ordinances of the “visible kingdom” (the church) and how it relates to the true eternal church. McWherther makes “but few references to the original languages” out of a “desire to be fully comprehended by all who read our little book.” His readable book is valuable addition to the libraries of teachers and laymen looking to understand and communicate the significance of one of Jesus’ favorite topics.

L. McWherther (1848–1922) was pastor of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Union City, Tennessee.

The Kingdom of God: The Reign of Heaven among Men

  • Author: Francis Asa Wight
  • Publisher: Flemming H. Revell
  • Publication Date: 1923
  • Pages: 264

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In this volume, Francis Asa Wight examines the eschatological aspects of the kingdom of God. Wight divides his work into three parts: the kingdom of the Jews, the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of glory. This readable volume is a reliable introduction to the eschatology of Jesus’ teachings on the kingdom.

Francis Asa Wight is also the author of God’s Great Gift: The Holy Spirit, The Rapture: The Translation of the Saints, and several eschatological works.

The Kingdom of Heaven and the Church

  • Author: J.B. Cosens
  • Publisher: Advertiser Joe Print
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 267

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J.B. Cosens surveys ideas the various schools of thought surrounding the eschatology of the kingdom of heaven. Cosens writes believing “the last scenes of this world’s history are coming plainly into view.” He pays particular attention to the post and premillennial debate.

J.B. Cosens was an early twentieth-century Bible scholar and writer.

The Kingdom of the Lord Jesus

  • Author: Alexander Mackennal
  • Publisher: James Clarke and Company
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 155

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This series of Advent sermons from Alexander Mackennal, delivered in the midst of the Boer Wars in South Africa, addresses the pursuit of peace on earth and the kingdom of heaven. Mackennal writes, “peace has been treated as an end in itself. . . . In reality, peace is one of the ‘fruits of the Spirit;’ it cannot be secured except by the loyal adoption of the whole doctrine of Christian living.” Mackennal’s examination of the political and social implications of Christianity is a stirring pastoral call to seek first the kingdom.

Alexander Mackennal (1835–1904) was a British Nonconformist minister. He was active in pastoral ministry for nearly 50

The Stories of the Kingdom: A Study of the Parables of Jesus

  • Author: G. R. H. Shafto
  • Publisher: Student Christian Movement
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 204

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In this volume, G.R.H. Shafto provides a holistic examination of all of the parables of Jesus. “Believing that satisfactory understanding of the parables can be reached only by relating each and all of them to the central purpose of Christ’s teaching—the Kingdom of God,” Shafto structures his study in a way that keeps “that relationship always before the reader.”

G. R. H. Shafto was an early twentieth-century sociologist and Bible scholar. He is also the author of The School of Jesus, The Song of the Excellent Way, and The Practice of Fellowship.

Product Details

  • Title: Classic Studies on the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven
  • Volumes: 15
  • Pages: 3,519