Revelation (Westminster Bible Companion Series)
Few books of the Bible have had a reversal of fortune as strange as the book of Revelation. Written originally to offer comfort and hope, to aid those trying to understand their faith, and to be read aloud in church,...
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Few books of the Bible have had a reversal of fortune as strange as the book of Revelation. Written originally to offer comfort and hope, to aid those trying to understand their faith, and to be read aloud in church, today it is viewed by many readers as shrouded in mystery and obscurity, rife with elusive symbolism involving numbers and beasts. As perhaps the epitome of apocalyptic literature, Revelation has been understood by many Christians as a blueprint for the course of human history, for the end of the world, or for both.Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez and Justo Gonzalez, two foremost historians, offer readers a highly accessible commentary designed for clergy, laity, and adult study groups, yet of significant value to scholars and students as well. Their insightful analysis yields new understanding of this challenging book.
Few books of the Bible have had a reversal of fortune like that of Revelation. Written to offer comfort, to aid those trying to understand their faith, and to be read aloud in church, Revelation is viewed by many readers today as shrouded in mystery and rife with elusive symbolism. Yet, as Catherine and Justo Gonzalez point out, we are not as far from the situation about which John writes as we might think. Although we may not face daily challenges of life and death, injustice and idolatry are rampant in our society. And Revelation's dire warnings against those who would rather be comfortable or successful than faithful is of great relevance in our lives today.
Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez is Professor Emerita of Church History at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Justo L. Gonzalez (Ph.D., Yale University) author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought and other major works, Dr. Gonzlez taught at Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Georgia for eight years followed by eight years at United Seminary. He is the author of numerousbooks, including Essential Theological Terms and The Apostles' Creed for Today. He is also the editor of The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians.
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