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A STUDY OF THE REVELATION TO JOHN
by J. E. Leonard
"Troubled times tend to rekindle apocalyptic interest and encourage speculation about 'final' events. Refreshingly, this book takes another tack and allows a different view to prevail. The author's hermeneutic is placed squarely within history and therefore depends upon the context, rather than the 'cosmic,' for interpretation. This is a thoughtful, well-documented and helpful guide for anyone seeking to better understand a very difficult part of our Christian literature." — Dr. Ronald D. Ballard, Professor of Religion and former Dean of the School of Science and Humanities, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth
From the Foreward:
There is much that we will never understand about the Revelation to John. The key to a detailed understanding of the purpose and technique of the author would be a complete knowledge of the exact local historical and ecclesiastical background for his work. With the passing of the Revelation's first readers and the ensuing upheavals of history, a good deal of this knowledge has been lost, a victim of the shifting winds of spiritual climate and the transition of ancient cultures.
The book itself, however, remains to our day, not as an isolated text but as one viewed through the total framework of Scripture. And this Biblical context is, both anciently and in our time, the primary key for unlocking the secrets of the Revelation. In the end, we discover that the Apocalypse is not at all a piece of "apocalyptic" literature, setting forth future events which represent a cosmic intrusion into the present course of history. Rather, the Revelation is a dramatic portrayal of historical events quite within the scope of the author and his readers.
Such a thesis is not a novel one, having been advanced elsewhere during the past century of biblical research. The major contribution of this study is its concentration upon the covenant between the Lord and His people as the central theme of the Revelation. Viewed as a covenant document — or more correctly, perhaps, as a document amplifying the consequences of the violation of the covenant — the Revelation takes on a renewed significance in terms of the tragic events of its own time. Such an approach also enhances the meaning of the Revelation for today; for when the identity of the true people of God becomes clear, then the proper response to the God of the covenant also comes into sharper focus. The author discusses this response in the concluding chapters of this book.
Includes a complete index of Scripture references.
208 Pages, soft cover — List $9.75
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