By Leonard L. Thompson
In this lucid exposition, an acclaimed interpreter exhibits that the ebook of Revelation is to be learn as a unified paintings of non secular poetry aimed toward extricating Christians from Roman society, within which they have been residing quietly and peacefully. Thompson considers connections among John’s unfavorable view of society and his social position as a wandering prophet, compares his visionary event with that of different prophets and seers, particularly in Judaism, notes similarities among the depictions of Christ and devil in Revelation and snap shots of heroes and demons in different writings of the time, and emphasizes that John’s imaginative and prescient of heaven and the longer term have been meant to infuse daily Christian lifestyles with self belief within the goodness and supreme triumph of God.
“Thompson’s observation on Revelation is written in an interesting literary kind and, through providing perceptive comparisons and contrasts with either Greco-Roman and Jewish literature—canonical and non-canonical—he highlights the targeted good points of this e-book. He bargains successfully with the rhetorical or even the epistemological dimensions, whereas delivering an illuminating and convincing idea for the constitution and thematic improvement of Revelation. in brief, it's a so much revealing and insightful research of this hard early Christian writing, because it exhibits how this publication addresses perennial human questions about divine goal and human destiny.” –-Howard Clark Kee
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