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Publication Date: 2010
Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
Are these the last days? Could Jesus return at any time to establish his thousand-year reign on earth? What is the nature of Christs millennial kingdom referred to in the book of Revelation? What must happen before Jesus returns, and what part does the church play? Three predominant views held by evangelicals seek to answer these and related questions: premillennial, postmillennial, and amillennial. This book gives each view a forum for presentation, critique, and defense. Besides each contributors personal perspective, various interpretations of the different positions are discussed in the essays. Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond lets you compare and contrast three important eschatological viewpoints to gain a better understanding of how Christianitys great hope, the return of Jesus, is understood by the church. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.
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.
Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Known for his work in Luke-Acts, Dr. Bock is a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany), an editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society (2000-2001). A New York Times bestselling author, Bock has written over thirty books, including Luke in the NIV Application Commentary series.
cbcarter5 Stars Out Of 5excellent readApril 18, 2017cbcarterQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great book for those who love point-counterpoint presentations. Although I won't be as hard on Blaising as David in his review, I agree with him in that i would have preferred more defense and less history than was given. Premillennialism being so familiar to most, I couldn't fathom why Blaising felt the need to use valuable space presenting what many would already know. That given, i wouldn't call anyone of the three presenters a clear "winner" of their perspectives. All of them left unanswered questions and glossed over responses. Space was limited, however, so that could be expected. Still, it was well worth reading for i consider this kind of format the best for studying different viewpoints. Well worth the money spent.
ChrisNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5One book that had a three viewsMay 30, 2012ChrisNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I needed a source for a paper for college class on Revelation. This book was a good "one stop" source where I could get some general information about each view
David R. Bess3 Stars Out Of 5February 6, 2002David R. BessI have read a few comparison books on eschatology in general and the millennium in particular. This one is the best yet on the millennium. I would have given it a five rating, except for the mediocrity of the premillennial presentation.Gentry, as usual, expresses himself very well and is very convincing, both in his own essay as well as in his responses. Strimple, considering the limitations of this work, does a fine job of covering various Scriptures that address the amillennialist position. The worst essay of the three is penned by Blaising, who takes entirely too many pages to explain the premillennial stance. He gets bogged down in the history of premillennialism, and then is so technical in the actual presentation of his own view that he is very tough to follow. The reader comes away scratching his/her head wondering what in the world did Blaising actually say! Premillennialism, however, is so commonplace that it requires the least explanation of the three positions.Bock provides a very cordial, conciliatory conclusion, touching upon points that are crucial to formulating one's own view of Revelation 20:1-6. I was rather surprised when he revealed his own position near the end of his essay, for I certainly did not detect it through his earlier remarks.This book gives a great presentation of the postmillennial and amillennial views. The presentation for premillennialism pales in comparison, but other readers may find Blaising's essay more helpful than I did.Overall, this work is a good investment for anyone wanting to compare the three basic millennial views.
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