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A Case for Historic Premillennialism: An Alternative to “Left Behind” Eschatology

A Case for Historic Premillennialism: An Alternative to “Left Behind” Eschatology

Craig L. Blomberg, Sung Wook Chung

| Baker Academic | 2009

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Twentieth- and twenty-first-century American evangelicalism, particularly at the popular level, has been virtually saturated with the eschatology of dispensational premillennialism. The distinctive teachings of that system, in particular its affirmation of the pretribulation rapture of the church, have become so pervasive that many evangelicals would be hard pressed to identify an alternative approach. Popular novels that disseminate dispensationalism to a wider readership have only furthered that trend.

The contributors to this volume provide a thoughtful alternative. They present compelling arguments for historic or classic premillennialism—a position widely held throughout church history (and popularly advanced in the writings of George Eldon Ladd). An introductory chapter examines the differences within premillennial eschatology and considers reasons for the widespread popularity of dispensationalism in the twentieth century. This is followed by biblical, theological, historical, and missiological studies that reexamine classic premillennialism, particularly with regard to its understanding of the return of Christ.

The authors, all respected scholars in their fields, present arguments for a return to an eschatological theology that was widely held for many centuries. Their engaging studies should be of great interest to evangelical readers—both in the academy and in the church.

Author Bios

Craig Blomberg

Craig Blomberg

Craig Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has been teaching since 1986. Blomberg earned degrees from Augustana College, Trinity Divinity School, and Aberdeen University in Scotland. He previously taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and spent one year in Cambridge as a research fellow with Tyndale House. He has been on translation committees for the New Living Translation, English Standard Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Bloomberg is the author, coauthor, or co-editor of numerous books and more than 80 articles in journals or multi-author works. A recurring topic of interest in his writings is the historical reliability of the Scriptures, and he has also covered such diverse issues as wealth and poverty, hermeneutics, and women in ministry. His books include Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, 2nd ed., Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: James, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and The NIV Application Commentary: 1 Corinthians.

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Sung Wook Chung

Dr. Sung Wook Chung joined the faculty in 2005 as associate professor of theology. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Evangelical Theological Society, Calvin Studies Society, and the Karl Barth Society of North America. He is a native Korean and also currently serves as the Director of Korean Initiatives. Dr. Chung earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and an M.Div. from Harvard University. He also earned a B.A. from Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea, and Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Chung served in the Bible and religion department at King College from 2000-2005. While he was working as a professor of theology there, he also served the Tri-City Korean Church as pastor. He has published numerous articles and books, both in English and Korean. He has authored Admiration and Challenge: Karl Barth’s Theological Relationship with John Calvin, and edited Alister McGrath and Evangelical Theology: A Dynamic Engagement, Christ the One and Only: A Global Affirmation of the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ, and Karl Barth and Evangelical Theology, John Calvin and Evagelical Theology: Legacy and Prospect, and with Dr. Craig Blomberg, A Case for Historic Premillennialism. Among his Korean books are The Trinitarian Theology and Spirituality, The Key Words of the Reformation, Christian Apologetics Made Easy, Christian Systematic Theology Made Easy, and The Theology and Spirituality of the Cross. Dr. Chung is also an official translator of Jonathan Edwards and has recently translated Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections and Concert of Prayer into Korean. He is a frequent conference and seminar speaker.

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