1. All Things New: Revelation as Canonical Capstone
    Brian J. Tabb & D.A. Carson
    IVP Academic / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Interesting!
    June 3, 2019
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are like me, you know what to expect when you pick up the latest entry in the New Studies in Biblical Theology (NSBT): perceptive theology, careful scholarship, in-depth coverage that even exceeds many commentary introductions, and a work that goes beyond anything you already have on your shelves. That consistency is as steady as the unchanging gray covers that adorn every volume. On the one hand, some credit must go to D. A. Carson for his editorial work. On the other hand, somebody must have done their homework in choosing authors as well.

    This latest release by Brian J. A Tabb looks at the book of Revelation "as canonical capstone". As heady as that sounds, the author knew how to make a strong case for his thesis. As I read, I thought this author is great at digging. He brought out so many things that are easily missed and made so many connections between Scriptures that we rarely see. Mr. Tabb takes an "eclectic" approach to Revelation. In fact, he much reminds me of Gregory Beale. (He cited 19 of Beale's works in his bibliography!) Still, it's clear he did his own work and made his own conclusions. Further, as one who is a futurist rather than following his eclectic approach, I felt he was gracious throughout. Even better, the type of information he mined for us can be taken and shone back into Revelation no matter which approach to prophecy you take.

    His introduction was outstanding and contained all kinds of wonderful information. I did much underlining there. From there he divides his book into four parts: the triune God, worship and witness, judgment, salvation and restoration, and the word of God. Part one contained, you guessed it, three chapters on the Sovereign on the throne, Jesus as the Lion and the Lamb, and the Spirit of prophecy. These were some of my favorite chapters in the book with particular success in the chapter on the Holy Spirit. Part two looked at followers of the Lamb and discussed things like a priestly kingdom and a new Israel while another chapter talked about the battle for universal worship. I felt that viewpoint was well worth digging into. Part three considered the wrath of the Lamb and made several insights on things like the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the seven bowls of wrath, as well as a new Exodus. There was a chapter on Babylon the harlot and Jerusalem the bride as well as another on all things new. Part four only had one chapter on the Word of God but it was well done and followed by a conclusion for the book. There's a lengthy bibliography for those wanting further study.

    This book even contains some charts that summarize important information for the reader and that I was blessed by. This book is fully up to the high standards set by the NSBT series and I recommend it.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Andy Le Peau
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fruitful and Insightful
    April 19, 2021
    Andy Le Peau
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    As David deSilva has written, *More than seeking to be interpreted, [the book of] Revelation seeks to interpret the reality of the audience.* Given the contested interpretive history of the book, a biblical-theological approach offers a fruitful way forward.

    Instead of getting tangled in arcane schemes and unfounded speculations about the future, Tabb keeps his eyes and ours focused on what Revelation tells us about the Triune God, true and false worship, and the ways of God in the world.

    As is required for understanding Revelation, Tabb deeply mines the Old Testament at every point since *Revelation includes more Old Testament references than any other New Testament book* (p. 12). By doing this, what often seems confusing and weird becomes clear and wise.

    Another virtue is how Tabb highlights that Revelation is not structured in a chronologically linear way. Rather, John comes back two, three, or more times to the same events, expanding and intensifying as he does each time.

    Revelation reminds us that the troubles and spiritual opposition we face now are not our ultimate reality. Rather, rejecting the temptations and deceptions, we worship the one, true God who alone is worthy of our trust for our present and our future.
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