Four Views on the Book of Revelation
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Four Views on the Book of Revelation   -     Edited By: C. Marvin Pate
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Four Views on the Book of Revelation

Edited By: C. Marvin Pate
Zondervan / 1998 / Paperback

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Four Views on the Book of Revelation focuses specifically on the book of Revelation and the primary ways in which it is read and understood today. It looks at four interpretations of Revelation, and why those particular interpretations are held. The four interpretations are: the preterist, idealist, classical dispensational futurist, and progressive dispensationalist. Each is presented by a leading proponent in an interactive, dialogue format.

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Title: Four Views on the Book of Revelation
By: Edited by C. Marvin Pate
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 252
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 0310210801
ISBN-13: 9780310210801
UPC: 025986210809
Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
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Of all the books of the Bible, few are as fascinating or as intimidating as Revelation.

Four grim horsemen, the Antichrist, the ten-horned beast, the ultimate battle at Armageddon, the "mark of the beast." It's no wonder that these images have griped the imagination of so many--and have been variously interpreted as symbolizing everything from Hitler and Gorbachev to credit cards and the Internet.

Is the book of Revelation a blueprint for the future? A book of powerful symbolic imagery with warnings for the church? Is it essentially an imaginative depiction of historical events in the first century?

Four Views on the Book of Revelation explores four interpretations of the book of the Apocalypse:

  • Preterist – a historical interpretation, arguing that most of John’s prophecies occurred in the first century, soon after his writing of them.
  • Idealist – a spiritual or symbolic interpretation, arguing that the events in Revelation are not literal, and that apocalyptic literature requires a different approach than the Gospels or Epistles.
  • Classical dispensationalism – a literal interpretation based on a reading of Revelation that pays close attention to the rules of grammar and the separate eras of covenantal history.
  • Progressive dispensationalism – a modification of classical that has its root in the understanding of Christ's reign beginning immediately after the resurrection.

The Counterpoints series presents a comparison and critique of scholarly views on topics important to Christians that are both fair-minded and respectful of the biblical text. Each volume is a one-stop reference that allows readers to evaluate the different positions on a specific issue and form their own, educated opinion.

 

Author Bio

Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.


C. Marvin Pate (MA, Wheaton; PhD, Marquette University) taught for thirteen years at Moody Bible Institute. Now he is chair of the department of Christian theology and professor of theology at Ouachita Baptist University. Pate has authored, co-authored, or edited twenty books.
Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. (ThD, Whitefield Theological Seminary) is research professor in theology with Christ College, Lynchburg, Virginia.
Robert L. Thomas (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at The Master’s Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and other works, including the commentaries on 1 and 2 Thessalonians in the Holt series.

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