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The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism
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The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism


Eerdmans 1974

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After surveying the debate of eschatology, Ladd discusses the promise of the kingdom, the fulfillment of the promise, and the consummation of the promise. Throughout the volume he develops his thesis that the kingdom of God involves two great movements—fulfillment within history and consummation at the end of history.

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Key Features

  • Discusses the promise of the kingdom
  • Focuses on the kingdom of God within history and the consummation at the end of history


  • The Debate over Eschatology
  • The Old Testament Promise
  • The Apocalyptic Interpretation of the Promise
  • Fulfillment without Consummation
  • The Kingdom: Reign or Realm?
  • The Kingdom Present as Dynamic Power
  • The Kingdom Present as the Divine Activity
  • The Kingdom Present as the New Age of Salvation
  • The Mystery of the Kingdom
  • Jesus, Israel, and His Disciples
  • The Kingdom and the Church
  • The Ethics of the Kingdom
  • The Consummation of the Kingdom
  • The Abiding Values for Theology

Praise for the Print Edition

A welcoming reprinting . . . This classic exposition of ‘inaugurated eschatology’—the kingdom of God as both ‘already and not yet’ in the ministry of Jesus himself—should serve a new generation of students and pastors as it did an earlier one.

Gordon D. Fee, professor emeritus of New Testament studies, Regent College

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About George Eldon Ladd

George Eldon Ladd (1911–1982) was a Baptist minister and New Testament scholar. Born in Alberta, Canada, Ladd was educated at Gordon Divinity School (now Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and Harvard, where he received his PhD in classics under preeminent New Testament scholar Henry J. Cadbury. Ordained in the Northern Baptist Convention in 1933, Ladd pastored three churches in New England for nine years. From there he went on to teach New Testament at Gordon and at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he taught New Testament for 30 years. The author of 14 books and a number of important articles, Ladd is mainly known for his works on eschatology. His publications include The Last Things: An Eschatology for Laymen and A Theology of the New Testament.