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Revelation--Book and CD-ROM
Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc / 2001 / Hardcover
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This writing by John is the strangest and most puzzling literature in the New Testament. It is a work that teases and tantalizes the imagination; a work that often obscures as much as it reveals. Yet if Revelation is the most enigmatic of the New Testament writings, it is also one of the most powerful. It challenges its readers to be faithful servants of God, demanding unswerving loyalty to the God "who is, who was, and who is to come." John's visions contain strong words of warning and judgment. At the same time, Revelation presents a message of comfort, offering images of hope and assurance in the midst of uncertainty and despair.
This commentary, part of the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series, uses a three-fold format for each section of the biblical text: (1) a commentary section containing critical analysis and interpretation; (2) a section that makes connections between the text and the modern reader by suggesting contemporary applications; and (3) special interest material related to the text. Also included is a CD-ROM containing all the text and images of the volume in a searchable format.
The book of Revelation has been both the most abused and one of the most ignored writings in the New Testament. Revelation has frequently become a non-functioning part of the canon for many persons in the church. Mitchell Reddish believes that the church has an obligation to reclaim the book of Revelation and allow it to speak afresh as a powerful voice containing the message of God. The commentary of the book of Revelation combines serious scholarship with contemporary application of the texts, helping the modern reader understand and appreciate the last book of the Bible. The visual and auditory richness of Revelation is an important part of the presentation of John's message. Reddish maintains that the visions, symbols, and seemingly strange images in the book are to be experienced more than explained, for the genius of Revelation is found in the cumulative effect of these imaginative components of John's writings. The unique features of this commentary are its three-fold format
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