garden, city, suburb?

NT Wright and other have pointed out that the story of Scripture begins in a garden (Genesis 2-3) and ends in a city (Revelation 21-22, esp 21:1-4). 

So, what does it mean that many of us live in suburbs?

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4 thoughts on “garden, city, suburb?

  1. further proof that God’s work does not end with the Bible but that there continues to be growth and spiritual revelation!

  2. “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the pAmen, qthe faithful and true witness, rthe beginning of God’s creation. “ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. sWould that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:14-16)

    Well… if garden’s are cold and cities are hot… then suburbia is… uh oh! :-)

    I’ve been enjoying your blog, keep up the good work.

  3. My first thought is that a suburban person must be on the way from the one to the other. My second thought is that it’s a mistake to take our current understanding of “city” and “garden” and try to map them directly on the biblical usage of the terms. The way I read it, the use of “garden” and “city” in scripture are descriptive rather than normative, so I’m not particularly worried about it.

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