In the last hundred and fifty years the kingdom of God has emerged as one of the most important topics in theology, New Testament studies, and the life of the church. But what exactly is the kingdom of God? What does it mean for the people of God and what does it mean for how they live in the world?
In The Kingdom of God Video Lectures, part of the Biblical Theology for Life series, Nicholas Perrin explores this dominant biblical metaphor, one that is paradoxically the meta-center and the mystery in Jesus' proclamation. After surveying interpretations by figures from Albrecht Ritschl to N. T. Wright, Perrin examines the "what, who, and how" questions of the kingdom. In these sweepingly comprehensive video sessions, Perrin contends that the kingdom is inaugurated in Jesus' earthly ministry, but its final development awaits later events in history. In between the times, the people of God are called to participate in the reign of God by living out the distinct kingdom ethic through hope, forgiveness, love, and prayer.
Session Titles and Runtimes:
1 - The Kingdom: The Metacenter and Mystery of Jesus's Proclamation (15 min)
2 - Yahweh the Creator Is King (20 min)
3 - The Old Testament Backstory (21 min)
4 - A Community Is Formed: The Kingdom in the Preaching of John the Baptizer and Jesus (17 min)
5 - The Kingdom's King (20 min)
6 - The Kingdom's People: Part One (23 min)
7 - The Kingdom's People: Part Two (23 min)
8 - Present Signs of the Kingdom: Exorcism, Healing, and Proclamation (26 min)
9 - Imminent Signs of the Kingdom: Jesus's Death, Resurrection, and Ascension (23 min)
10 - Future Signs of the Kingdom: Tribulation, the Fall of Jerusalem, and the Second Coming (21 min)
11 - The Kingdom Mission: How and Why (27 min)
12 - Living the Kingdom Life Today (22 min)
About the Author
Nicholas Perrin PhD, Marquette University, is Franklin S. Dryness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Between 2000 and 2003 he was Research Assistant to Nicholas T. Wright. He is author of numerous books, including Thomas: The Other Gospel, Lost in Transmission, and Jesus the Temple.