Walker: The Patriarchs and the Land

“The patriarchs were looking forward, not so much to the day when their descendants would inherit the physical Land, as to the day when they themselves would inherit the heavenly country which the physical Land signified. They ‘saw through’ the promise of the Land, looking beyond it to a deeper, spiritual reality. The promise concerning the Land, whilst real and valid in its own terms, pointed typologically to something greater.”

-Peter Walker, Jesus and the Holy City: New Testament Perspectives on Jerusalem, 212.