The Origins of Left Behind Eschatology (Left Behind Series)
The Left Behind books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have swept across the Christian world. But what are the origins of such Left Behind ideas as the pretribulation rapture and the sharp distinction between Israel and the Church? The...
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The Left Behind books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have swept across the Christian world. But what are the origins of such Left Behind ideas as the pretribulation rapture and the sharp distinction between Israel and the Church? The Origins of Left Behind Eschatology begins by investigating the eschatology behind the Left Behind stories, and selects eight teachings which are essential to that way of understanding the End Times. It then searches through the relevant documents produced by the Early Church and many since the Reformation, looking for the origins of each of those eight ideas and when and how they came together in a system. There are plenty of surprises. The Origins of Left Behind Eschatology is a slightly enlarged version of Bennett's PhD dissertation. It has been called a "clearly argued, thoroughly researched and overwhelmingly convincing thesis," the conclusions of which "should ... dispel much of the uncertainty that has dogged this area of millennial studies." (Craw
David Malcolm Bennett is a Christian researcher and writer based in Brisbane who has the gift of doing quality historical research and presenting it in a readable form. His books include The Altar Call: Its Origins and Present Usage (his MTh thesis, awarded with merit) in 2000 and The Origins of Left Behind Eschatology (his PhD thesis) in 2010. His latest books include The Sinner's Prayer: Its Origins and Dangers and William Booth and His Salvation Army. He is also the editor of The Letters of William and Catherine Booth of Salvation Army fame and of The Diary and Reminiscences of Catherine Booth.