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In this concise and clearly written commentary, Charles H. Talbert brings to mainline Christians a fresh reading of the book of Revelation, demonstrating that it is not only accessible but relevant for the modern-day Christian. According to Talbert, the primary causes of the marginalized status of the book of Revelation by mainline Christians are threefold--the apparent inaccessibility of its meaning, the seeming impossibility of its pastoral application, and its demonstrated susceptibility to abuse. Talbert ably demonstrates that the book of Revelation was written to help the early Christians avoid assimilation into the larger pagan culture. Talbert also gives full attention to the literature of the Greco-Roman, early Christian, and early Jewish worlds as he examines the more mystical components of the narrative.
Charles H. Talbert (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is distinguished professor of religion at Baylor University. He is the author of many books, including Reading the Sermon on the Mount; Reading Romans, Reading Acts: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles and the forthcoming volumes in the Paideia New Testament Commentary series on Ephesians-Colossians and Matthew.
His most recent works are Getting "Saved": The Whole Story of Salvation in the New Testament (with Jason A. Whitlark, Eerdmans, 2011); Romans (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary) and The Development of Christology During the First Hundred Years: And Other Essays on Early Christian Christology (Supplements to Novum Testamentum, Brill, 2011)
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