The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 37%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $9.95
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 65%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $9.95   
  • New (7) from $18.25   
  • Used (8) from $9.95   


Winner of Grawemeyer Award

In this remarkable and timely work - in many ways the culmination of his systematic theology - world-renowned theologian Jurgen Moltmann stands Christian eschatology on its head. Moltmann rejects the traditional approach, which focuses on the End, an apocalyptic finale, as a kind of Christian search for the "final solution." He centers instead on hope and God's promise of new creation for all things. "Christian eschatology," he says, "is the remembered hope of the raising of the crucified Christ, so it talks about beginning afresh in the deadly end."

Yet Moltmann's novel framework, deeply informed by Jewish and messianic thought, also fosters rich and creative insights into the perennially nettling questions of eschatology: Are there eternal life and personal identity after death? How is one to think of heaven, hell, and purgatory? What are the historical and cosmological dimensions of Christian hope? What are its social and political implications.

In a heartbreakingly fragile and fragment world, Moltmann's comprehensive eschatology surveys the Christian vista, bravely envisioning our "horizons of expectation" for personal, social, even cosmic transformation in God.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800636661
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
I The Coming God: Eschatology Today 1
1 The Transposition of Eschatology into Time 6
2 The Transposition of Eschatology into Eternity 13
3 The Eschatology of the Coming God 22
4 The Rebirth of Messianic Thinking in Judaism 29
II Eternal Life: Personal Eschatology 47
1 Loved Life and Death 49
2 The Immortality of the Soul or the Resurrection of the Body? 58
3 Is Death the Consequence of Sin or Life's Natural End? 77
4 Where are the Dead? 96
5 Death, Mourning and Consolation 119
III The Kingdom of God: Historical Eschatology 129
1 The Apocalypse of History 131
2 Messianic Eschatology: 'The Thousand Years' Empire' 146
3 Political Millenarianism: 'The Holy Empire' 159
4 Political Millenarianism: 'The Redeemer Nation' 168
5 Ecclesiastical Millenarianism: 'The Mother and Preceptress of the Nations' 178
6 Epochal Millenarianism: The Birth of 'Modern Times' out of the Spirit of Messianic Hope 184
7 Is Millenarian Eschatology Necessary? 192
8 End-Times of Human History: Exterminism 202
9 'The End of History': Post-historic Prophets 218
10 Is Apocalyptic Eschatology Necessary? 226
11 The Restoration of All Things 235
IV New Heaven - New Earth: Cosmic Eschatology 257
1 The Future of Creation - Sabbath and Shekinah 261
2 The Annihilation of the World or its Consummation? 267
3 The End of Time in the Eternity of God 279
4 The End of Space in the Presence of God 296
5 The Cosmic Temple: The Heavenly Jerusalem 308
V Glory: Divine Eschatology 321
1 The Self-Glorification of God 324
2 The Self-Realization of God 326
3 Interactions between Divine and Human Activity 330
4 The Fullness of God and the Feast of Eternal Joy 336
Notes 341
Index of Names 385
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)