Author: Michael D. Crane
Cities have always been the centerpiece in our conceptions of society. The Bible says a lot about cities past, present, and future that warrants our attention. With well over a thousand uses of the word “city” in the Bible (and even more references to cities by name), the city emerges as a theme running through the biblical meta-narrative. Although a city in the Old Testament looks significantly different than our towering cities of today, there are shared basic components calling us to study the urban theme in the Bible as we examine our cities today. A biblical theology of the city is imperative to understanding how the church engages cities in our day.
Bibliographic reference: Crane, Michael D. “Cities as Gift and Fallen Places, Judgment and Hope: A Biblical Theology of the City.” In Urbanization: Impacts on the Church, Mission and Society Today, edited by Lip Siong Chen and Weng Kit Cheong, 27–46. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Sabah Theological Seminary, 2018.