Return from Exile and the Renewal of God's People

By Nicholas G. Piotrowski, Series edited by Dane Ortlund, Miles V. Van Pelt

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Accessible Guide Explores Humanity’s Exile and the Hope of Atonement

God’s people, once resting in his divine presence, now toil in exile. The theme of humanity’s expulsion and wandering begins with Adam and Eve, but echoes in events throughout the Bible. Emphasizing the pain of separation from God, exile stories also highlight the hope of resurrection and creation’s imminent restoration back to the Edenic state.

In this addition to the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, Nicholas G. Piotrowski traces the theme of exile throughout Scripture, giving readers a renewed appreciation for redemptive history and atonement in Christ. Sharing from his 15 years of study, Piotrowski connects the journeys of Abraham, Joseph, and Jesus with tabernacle imagery and other types to illustrate recurring themes of exile from Genesis until the new creation. This accessible volume helps believers understand their own exile and rejoice with the hope that they will one day worship in God’s holy presence.

  • Brief and Easy to Understand: Piotrowski’s clear style makes this theologically rich guide accessible for students and teachers as well as new Christians
  • Comprehensive: Asserting that the return from exile is the Bible’s principle drama, Piotrowski examines stories from the Garden of Eden to Mount Sinai, the Land of Canaan, and the new creation
  • Part of the Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series: Other volumes include Resurrection Hope and the Death of DeathThe Sabbath as Rest and Hope for the People of God; and Sanctification as Set Apart and Growing in Christ


Nicholas G. Piotrowski

Nicholas G. Piotrowski (PhD, Wheaton College) is the president of Indianapolis Theological Seminary where he also teaches hermeneutics and New Testament courses. His other books include In All the Scriptures and Matthew’s New David at the End of Exile.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 176
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 4.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8767-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8767-2
ISBN-UPC: 9781433587672
Published: March 18, 2025

Table of Contents

Part 1: Exile & Death
Chapter 1: Adam and Eve Out of the Garden
Chapter 2: Abram into Canaan
Chapter 3: Priests into the Tabernacle
Chapter 4: Israel into the Land
Chapter 5: Israel Out of the Land
Part 2: Return & Resurrection
Chapter 6: Prophetic Voices into the Future
Chapter 7: Jesus on the Way
Chapter 8: Jesus into and Out of the Tomb
Chapter 9: The Church into the World
Chapter 10: The Lamb’s Followers into the Garden-City