If you are in seminary, or live near a theological library, I want to point you to a chapter in a book that is must-reading for ministers (I use that term carefully and rarely). It is a chapter called "The Eschatological Conception of New Testament Theology," in a book called Eschatology in Bible and Theology: Evangelical Essays at the Dawn of a New Millennium edited by Kent E. Brower and Mark W. Elliot. It is 40 pages of goodness. Eschatology begins in the first verse of the Bible. Beale is currently working on a New Testament theology which will have "new creation" as its center that should be coming out in the next couple of years. If the 40 page essay is too much, there is an abridged version called "The New Testament and New Creation" in Scott Hafemann's Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect, 159-172. So hit the copy machine and be enriched.