More Than Conquerors, 75th anniversary edition: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation
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With an uninterrupted printing history since it was first published in 1939, this treasured interpretation of the book of Revelation has served as a solid resource and source of inspiration for generations. Using sound principles of interpretation, William Hendriksen unfolds the mysteries of the apocalypse gradually, always with the purpose of showing that "we are more than conquerors through Christ."

Both beginning and advanced students of the Scriptures will find in More Than Conquerors the inspiration to face a restless and confusing world with a joyful, confident spirit, secure in the knowledge that God reigns and is coming again soon. This straightforward interpretation makes a helpful resource for pastors, teachers, students, and anyone who desires a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018404
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William Hendriksen (ThD, Princeton Theological Seminary) was professor of New Testament literature at Calvin Theological Seminary.

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  1. Zachary
    Pittsburgh
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic treatment of the book of Revelation!
    March 30, 2017
    Zachary
    Pittsburgh
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is masterful. The author logically and Biblically takes us through the book of Revelation. Well done! No wonder this book has been in continuous publication for over 75 years!
  2. Alannie Marshall
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Way too Dense
    December 22, 2015
    Alannie Marshall
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I recently picked up More than Conquerors by William Hendriksen. While I'm sure this book has some good points, this was not the right time for me to attempt it. I tried reading this book while on my Christmas break from university, and that turned out to be a mistake as I could not concentrate at all. It was way too heavy and dense for light reading. Also, it was too much like my school reading to the point that I couldn't relax or enjoy myself. Perhaps I'll give it a go in the future or when I take a class on Revelation, but for the present, I don't think I can make it through. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great presentation of the Reformed view of Revelation
    December 11, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Hendriksen's book is a refreshing change from those of contemporary authors trying to fit today's headlines into Revelation's scenes.

    Hendriksen was a Christian Reformed pastor and professor at Calvin Theological Seminary (he died in 1982). This book presents the Reformed view of John's Revelation. This may be a different interpretation than most readers of prophetic books are used to these days. That the book I reviewed is a 75th anniversary edition shows that the Reformed view has something to offer that is lasting, unlike popular prophetic books that quickly go out of print.

    Hendriksen wants us to view Revelation as relevant, no matter what era we live in. It shows God's hand in history, His Protection, and His ultimate victory. In the main, he writes, the purpose of the book of Revelation is to comfort the militant Church in its struggle against the forces of evil. It is full of help and comfort for persecuted and suffering Christians. (13) The theme of the book is the victory of Christ and His Church over Satan and his helpers. It may seem like Satan is winning, but Christ is victorious in the end.

    What about those who want to find contemporary events in its scenes? Hendriksen says a sound interpretation of the book must have as its starting point that the book was intended for believers in John's day. We should ask how the first readers understood the book in light of the conditions and circumstances of their day. We then realize that the book is also intended for believers in the centuries following.

    A general overview of the book is given, a late date (A.D. 95 or 96) is defended, the author is discussed as are the major themes (conflict between the Church and the world, judgment upon persecutors, victory through Christ).

    I really appreciated Hendriksen's discussion about the images in Revelation. He notes that they are so broad that they should not be confined to a particular era. He says they cover the entire gospel age in a parallel fashion. The bowls of judgment always follow the trumpets of warning, he says, in an ascending order leading to the final judgment.

    I also liked his section on interpreting symbols. Don't press too hard, he suggests, just like with the symbols in the parables Jesus taught. We shouldn't try to find deeper meanings. He sees them as impressions describing the Church, satanic conduct, and human behavior.

    Hendriksen does identify representations of visions. For the helpers of the dragon in chapter 13, he notes the first comes from the sea and the second from the land. The first is Satan's hand, he writes. The second is the devil's mind. The first represents the persecuting power of Satan operating in and through the nations of this world and their governments. The second symbolizes the false religions and philosophies of this world. (161) He adds that this image represents the opposition to the Church throughout the gospel age. Armageddon is the symbol of every battle in which, when the need is greatest and believers are oppressed, the Lord suddenly reveals His power in the interest of His distressed people and defeats the enemy. (181)

    He takes us through the sections of the book, helping us grasp their meanings in light of his understanding of them. It helps us see Revelation as a book of comfort and encouragement.

    This is not the kind of book on Revelation that will generate speculative headlines. It is a book that has stood the test of time in its understanding of John's message for us today. I highly recommend this book to those who are open to investigating the meaning of Revelation in a manner not tied to the novelties of current events.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. GiniB
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    More Than Conquerors
    December 8, 2015
    GiniB
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is an anniversary edition commemorating 75 years of uninterrupted printing history according to the information from the back cover. I dont know how many other interpretations like this can claim that honor. Within the biographical tribute the reader will find that a publisher named Herman Baker presented the first trade copiesto the author in July 1939. (7) This is indeed a commemorative edition.

    Given the age of this work I am sure scholarly reviews must be available for those that want to engage in a conversation with the text Hendriksen presents. This book is accessible to all readers, not just the Biblical scholar, and I enjoyed reading this even though I found his interpretation much different from any I had read or heard presented before.

    The author presents his interpretation in sections that reflect natural break points in the book of Revelation rather than a verse by verse format. Think of the headers found in most of the Bibles today which serve a similar function. What got in my way in this book was his tendency to add a bit of a grand flourish to his interpretations, but that may have the style when this was originally penned. He covered the entire book of Revelation along with the usual purpose, author, and other background material in less than 250 pages. That alone is a major plus for me.

    I would recommend this book for its historical value if for no other reason. I would not recommend reading this as an only source of information related to the book of Revelation.



    I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.
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