Bibliography on Renewed Earth Eschatology

Several friends, in different places and ways, have asked me for a list of resources on renewed earth eschatology.  Below are some books that I think are quite helpful in developing and thinking through such an eschatology in biblical-theological terms. There are, of course, many more resources than these.  Many books on systematic theology (recently Horton, for example), commentaries (I mention a few below), and specialized studies on ecology, creation and eschatology. These are only a few.

N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope (HarperOne, 2008)

Albert M. Wolters, Creation Regained (Eerdmans, 1985)

Hans Schwarz, Eschatology (Eerdmans, 2000)

Anthony A. Hoekema, The Bible and the Future (Eerdmans, 1994)

Randy Alcorn, Heaven (Tyndale House, 2004)

Richard Bauckham, The Bible and Ecology (Baylor, 2010)

Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart, Hope Against Hope (Eerdmans, 1999)

Herman Bavinck, The Last Things: Hope for this World and the Next (Baker, 1996)

David Lawrence, Heave: Its Not the End of the World  (Scripture Union, 1995)

G. C. Berkouwer, The Return of Christ (Eerdmans, 1972)

David Wilkinson, Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe (T & T Clark International, 2010)

John Polkinghorne, The God of Hope and the End of the World (Yale, 2002).

Donald Bloesch, The Last Things (InterVarsity, 2004)

Christopher Wright, The Mission of God (InterVarsity, 2006)

Ben Witherington, Jesus, Paul and the End of the World (InterVarsity, 1992)

William Dumbrell, The Search for Order: Biblical Eschatology in Focus (Baker, 1994)

Samuele Bacchiocchi, Immortality or Resurrection? (Biblical Perspectives, 1997)

Jurgen Moltmann, God in Creation (Harper & Row, 1985)

Jurgen Moltmann, Trinity and the Kingdom (Harper & Row, 1981)

Colin Gunton, Christ and Creation (Eerdmans, 1992)

John Reumann, Creation and New Creation (Augsburg, 1973)

See also, Ashby Camp at

Specialized Resources on Specific Texts

On 2 Peter 3, read Bauckham, Grudem and Green as well as the following journal articles Douglas Moo, JETS (2006) 449-88 and Heide, JETS (1997) 37-56, and Wolters, WTJ (1987), 405-13.

On Romans 8, read the commentaries by Fitzmyer, Moo, Dunn, Murray, Godet, Meyer, Morris and Barth, for example.  See Harry Alan Hane, The Corruption and Redemption of Creation: Nature in Romans 8:19-22 and Jewish Apocalyptic Literature (T. & T. Clark, 2006).

On Revelation 21, an important exegetical work is David Mathewson, A New Heaven and A New Earth: The Meaning and Function of the Old Testament in Revelation 21:1-22:5 (Sheffield  Academic Press, 2003).

On 1 Corinthians 15, there are several very good studies of “spiritual body” which make the case for a material body animated by the Holy Spirit so that we live in the full life of the Spirit:  Robert Gundry, Soma in Biblical Theology (Cambridge University, 2005) and Mike Licona, The Resurrection of Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 2010).

On the history of the interpretation of heaven, see Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang McDonell, Heaven: A History (Yale,d 2001).

12 Responses to “Bibliography on Renewed Earth Eschatology”

  1.   rich constant Says:

    how bout the short list….
    good lord 🙂 john mark!!!!!!

  2.   rich constant Says:

    or better yet

    how bout you review THEM ALL THIS MONTH !

    GOOD LORD 🙂 RICH????


  3.   Adam Gonnerman Says:

    THANK YOU for this list. I’ve added several to my Amazon shopping cart and will get at least a couple on my Kindle right now. I have “Surprised By Hope” and even managed to get it autographed by Rev. Wright last year.

  4.   rich constant Says:

    john mark
    when you leave reference to the guys writing on the roman letter,
    which guys take rom 3:22 righteousness of god as the intrinsic righteousness of God and the faithfulness of Christ as taken in the subjective genitive?
    the other places also…
    forensic righteousness and subjective genitive,so skews the meaning of Romans here it becomes a proof text to me.

    kinda like “that dog ain’t gona hunt any more” (for me)
    he is gona hunt for squirrel and i am after racoons.
    anyway blessings

    •   rich constant Says:

      forensic righteousness and subjective genitive,so skews the meaning of Romans here it becomes a proof text to me.


      BOY OH BOY

  5.   hebrewdaylight Says:

    Thanks for the bibliography. Looks very useful. I’d like to add two resources to this list if I may.

    • On 1 Corinthians 15, N. T. Wright devotes an entire chapter in his _The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)_ which is excellent. This work is much more thorough than his popular book _Surprised by Hope_ and is an absolute ‘must’ in my opinion.

    • On 2 Peter 3 (and the Genesis Flood), see my “The Day the World Was Destroyed” at

  6.   hebrewdaylight Says:

    I should have added Middleton’s “A New Heaven and a New Earth: The Case for a Holistic Reading of the Biblical Story of Redemption” which can be found at This article provides a clear outline of the biblical narrative of creation along with a helpful diagram.

    N. T. Wright also has a commentary on Romans. It appears in Volume 10 of _The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes_. Highly recommended. His popular work on Romans in his “For Everyone” series is perfect for those with less time or those wanting to be led through Paul’s letter with less details. Not as meaty as the commentary, but excellent nonetheless.

  7.   John Mark Hicks Says:

    From my friend Ron Newberry, we might also add Al Wolters’ great article on 2 Peter 3:10 where he argues for “refining” rather than “annihilating.”

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