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Between the Beginning and the End: A Radical Kingdom Vision
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Between the Beginning and the End: A Radical Kingdom Vision


Eerdmans 2014

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Twentieth-century Dutch missiologist and prolific author J.H. Bavinck was committed to confronting the world with the saving message of Christ. In this first English translation of the Dutch work published in 1946, Bavinck presents a cosmic kingdom vision and champions the coming of the kingdom of Christ as the basic message of the gospel.

Bavinck eloquently challenges believers to live as kingdom people as he expresses a uniquely Reformed perspective on the eternal significance of our temporal world. His eschatological vision, which permeates the book, is now more relevant than ever as climate change, resource depletion, financial turmoil, and other issues increasingly threaten our world.

With Bert Hielema's skillful translation capturing the beauty and power of Bavinck's original text, Between the Beginning and the End calls all Christians to consider anew the entire scope of the church and Christ's kingdom.

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Key Features

  • Challenges believers to live as kingdom people
  • Provides a relevant eschatological vision
  • Focuses on the basic message of the gospel


  • The Eternal in History
  • The Language of the Old Testament Symbols
  • The Kingdom
  • Christ, the Central Focus of Scripture
  • Christ’s Arrest
  • The High-Priestly Verdict
  • “I Don’t Know the Man”
  • The Sentence of the Governor
  • The Death of Humanity
  • Born Again
  • The Road to Life

Praise for the Print Edition

J.H. Bavinck was not only one of the premier missiologists of the twentieth century; he was also, as this elegant set of meditations demonstrates, a gifted expositor of Scripture. . . . I don't know of another single book that provides such a reliable and inspiring guide to the panorama of biblical salvation history and its immediacy for us.

John Bolt, professor of systematic theology, Calvin Theological Seminary

This moving meditation is a must-read for all church leaders. Bavinck's radical kingdom vision will revolutionize the reader's understanding of the Christian's place and role in God's mission from age to age. Bert Hielema's translation is outstanding — readable, fluid, clear, forceful, and compelling.

Charles Van Engen, Arthur F. Glasser Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

This excellent study will open the eyes of many people around the globe to the richness of Bavinck's mission theology.

—Jan A.B. Jongeneel, Ultrecht University

Product Details

  • Title: Between the Beginning and the End: A Radical Kingdom Vision
  • Author: J.H. Bavinck
  • Translator: Bert Hielema
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 156
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Eschatology

About J.H. Bavinck

Johan Herman Bavinck (1895-1964) was the premier twentieth-century missiologist in the Dutch Calvinist tradition. A prolific author, he worked both as a pastor and as a professor in the Netherlands and Indonesia. Some choice writings of his are available in The J.H. Bavinck Reader (2013).

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