Elpis Israel

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Elpis Israel - An Exposition of the Kingdom of God (commonly called Elpis Israel (English transliteration of Greek for "the hope of Israel", taken from Acts 28:20)) is a theological book written by John Thomas, founder of the Christadelphians, in 1848-1849 and published in 1849.

The book was based on a series of lectures given by Thomas in 1848 and is written in three parts, The Rudiments Of The World, The Things Of The Kingdom Of God And Of Jesus Christ and The Kingdoms Of The World In Their Relation To The Kingdom Of God.[1][2] Thomas did not see, nor do the Christadelphians see, the book as inspired by God, but rather a deep and accurate study of The Bible.[3][4] It is nevertheless widely read amongst Christadelphian believers and whilst not being the foundation for, does contains some of their core beliefs.

There have been fifteen editions of the book, although most were revisions. Four editions were published during the lifetime of Thomas: in 2000 by The Christadelphian Magazine & Publishing Association Ltd.; a reprinting by Logos Publications in January 2000; a reprint in April 2009 of the Fourth Edition--the latter was the last edited by John Thomas just prior to his death.


  1. ^ "Elpis Israel: Foreword to the 15th Edition". Elpis Israel. 2000. Archived from the original on 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  2. ^ Thomas, John (1990). "Elpis Israel". Archived from the original on 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  3. ^ "Our History". Retrieved 2007-02-13.
  4. ^ Hyndman, Rob (December 2000). "The Christadelphians (Brothers and Sisters in Christ): Introducing a Bible-based Community". Printland Publishers. Archived from the original on 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2011-02-01.

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