Biblical Theology made accessible

I just finished reading a good book: T. Desmond Alexander’s From Eden to the New Jerusalem (Kregel, 2009). Alexander traces the story of Scripture from beginning to end, showing God’s plan for creation and our place in it. Though the book is very accessible (i.e. you don’t need a graduate degree to understand it), it offers helpful insights to those who have had years of formal study of the Bible (i.e. I learned a few things). It reminded me a lot of Greg Beale’s Temple and the Church’s Missionwhich I’ve summarized elsewhere, but Alexander’s book is suitable for a wider audience. He includes scripture references in full to help make his points, and still manages to keep the book under 200 pages.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to better understand the Big Story that the Bible is telling, how the Old Testament and New Testament fit together, and what role the people of God play in the unfolding of God’s plan.


About Carmen Imes

I entered Wheaton's doctoral program in 2011 with an Old Testament concentration under Dr. Daniel Block. I have an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte campus), and a BA from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. My husband, Danny, and I are missionaries with SIM and we have 3 great kids: Eliana, Emma, and Easton. You can find my personal blog at I'm passionate about the Word of God, both written and incarnate, and I long to see our generation transformed so that we can truly know God and reflect Him to the world.
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