Understanding the Bible 55: Conclusion – The Tree of Life…

At last we come to the end of the biblical journey: all creation made new!  And the completion of the project of salvation is symbolized by the return of the “tree of life,” indeed a near forest of them now lining the center of the city.  (Remember it was access to the tree of life […]

Understanding the Bible 54: New Heaven, New Earth!

What is heaven like?  For centuries that question conjured within the Christian imagination images of a glorious “elsewhere” – a place very unlike earth where the souls of the saints dwell in a sort of dreamlike bliss.  Such a vision was part and parcel of the larger belief that the very goal of “this life” […]

Understanding the Bible 53: Judgment Day!

Throughout the biblical story the final establishment of the kingdom of God has been described in terms of both blessing and wrath.  In the Hebrew scriptures, “the (great and terrible) day of the Lord” is one in which the true allegiances of both Israel and the nations are judged.  Those who have proven faithful to […]