Beale's book is very good--especially for scholarly types like you ;)
Beale traces the theme of a temple/tabernacle from the Garden of Eden (a type of temple or dwelling place of God) through the Scriptures to the descent of the temple in the book of Revelation. Along with it he traces the idea of God people being kings and priests. Very helpful in getting a grasp on God's purposes for humanity and for eschatology.
You might enjoy these lectures by Beale: http://www.desertspringschurch.org/beale. They will give you a good overview of his thinking.