The Apocalypse of John among Its Critics: Questions and Controversies
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The Apocalypse of John among Its Critics: Questions and Controversies

Lexham Academic / 2023 / Paperback

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One of the most bewildering books of the Bible, Revelation has been the source of untold controversies concerning its bizarre symbolism, scenes of violence, views on politics and the afterlife, alleged anti-Semitism and sexism, use of the Old Testament, and more. Leading voices judiciously weigh in on issues that have troubled readers for centuries. 304 pages, softcover. Lexham.

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Title: The Apocalypse of John among Its Critics: Questions and Controversies
By: Alan S. Bandy, Alexander E. Stewart
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 312
Vendor: Lexham Academic
Publication Date: 2023
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 15 ounces
ISBN: 1683597060
ISBN-13: 9781683597063
Series: Studies in Scripture and Biblical Theology
Stock No: WW597063

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Should Christians be embarrassed by the book of Revelation?

The Revelation of John has long confused and disturbed readers. The Apocalypse of John among Its Critics confronts the book’s difficulties. Leading experts in Revelation wrestle honestly with a question raised by critics:

  • Should John’s Apocalypse be in the canon? (Alan S. Bandy)
  • Was John intentionally confusing? (Ian Paul)
  • Was John a bully? (Alexander E. Stewart)
  • Did John delight in violence? (Dana M. Harris)
  • Was John a chauvinist? (Külli Tõniste)
  • Was John intolerant to others? (Michael Naylor)
  • Was John antisemitic? (Rob Dalrymple)
  • Did John make things up about the future? (Dave Mathewson)
  • Did John advocate political subversion? (Mark Wilson)
  • Did John misuse the Old Testament? (G.K. Beale)


Engaging deeply with Revelation’s difficulties helps the reader understand the book’s message—and respond rightly. The book of Revelation does not need to be avoided or suppressed. It contains words of life.

Author Bio

Alexander E. Stewart is vice president for academic services and professor of New Testament at Gateway Seminary in Ontario, California.

Alan S. Bandy is Robert L. Hamblin Chair of New Testament Exposition and associate dean of research doctoral programs at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisiana.

Editorial Reviews

Every scholar and serious student of the Apocalypse should read this volume carefully, even if (especially if!) they start with different perspectives.

—Michael J. Gorman, author of Reading Revelation Responsibly


With clarity, expertise, and grace the authors address the controversies and answer the questions that modern critics lob at John and his apocalypse. This worthy study should be part of everyone’s Revelation library.

—Michael Kuykendall, Gateway Seminary


Some readers may not be aware that Revelation is often attacked for being violent, anti-Jewish, anti-women, revengeful, and so on. The essays in this volume respond wisely and winsomely to such objections and to many more relevant issues in interpreting the book.

—Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


The Apocalypse of John among Its Critics is academically trustworthy and theologically faithful.

—J. Scott Duvall, Ouachita Baptist University

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