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Revelation and the End of All Things - Craig R. Koester

Revelation and the End of All Things

Paperback Published: April 2001
ISBN: 9780802846600
Number Of Pages: 200

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Revelation and the End of All Things is a highly readable guide to Revelation that engages the questions people most often ask about this difficult book in the Bible. After discussing sensationalistic interpretations of Revelation -- showing how these approaches work and why they are problematic -- Craig Koester ably leads readers through the entire book of Revelation, keeping in mind the situations of both first-century and twenty-first-century readers. Koester's exceptional grasp of Revelation's history, test, and purpose allows him to present the book's message in a way that is clear, engaging, and meaningful to modern readers. Book jacket.

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Koester supplies excellent food for thought. . . [He] is particularly strong on connecting the book's language and imagery to Old Testament predecessors."Revelation and the End of All Things"is a thoughtful and perceptive look at a difficult topic."The Bible Today "Anyone looking for a good, interesting, and nontechnical study of the book of Revelation will want to consider this fine work. Koester begins by tracing the remarkable history of interpretation of this haunting New Testament book. . . He then turns to his own reading of the text which is rich and insightful and filled with good Christian sense. This would make a fine background text for parish Bible study groups and their leaders."M. Eugene Boring "Craig Koester communicates current scholarship on Revelation with clarity, passion, and concern that the message of the Bible be understood and appropriated in today's world. Not merely an antidote or alternative to"Left Behind"and 'Jesus is coming soon' commercialism, "Revelation and the End of All Things"is a substantial contribution to good literature on Revelation in its own right. "Review & Expositor "A popular and easy to read work on Revelation. . . For laity and those in the churches who are seeking alternatives to the unsound and popular views of Revelation, Koester's book is a good recommendation."Adela Yarbro Collins "This book offers an innovative introduction to Revelation, drawing on the history of interpretation, art, and music as well as on sound literary and historical analysis. It will help readers understand a wide variety of current approaches to Revelation by explaining briefly their origins and intentions. Highly recommended for ministry students, church study groups, and general readers. "Francis J. Moloney, SDB "Koester has written a book of singular significance for the contemporary Christian community. The puzzle of Revelation is normally resolved by ignoring its original setting or by rendering it irrelevant to the Christian Bible through an intense focus on that setting. Koester shows that the horizons of the Christian past, present, and future merge in John's remarkable 'revelation.' I cannot recommend this book highly enough to all Christians."CBA Marketplace "Koester presents his case exceptionally well. He writes clearly and continually draws readers back to his understanding of Revelation's main theme. His arguments are well-reasoned, and he balances the text's application to John's day and today. Also helpful is his overview of how Revelation has been interpreted through church history."" Fort Worth Star-Telegram -Koester supplies excellent food for thought. . . [He] is particularly strong on connecting the book's language and imagery to Old Testament predecessors. Revelation and the End of All Things is a thoughtful and perceptive look at a difficult topic.-

The Bible Today -Anyone looking for a good, interesting, and nontechnical study of the book of Revelation will want to consider this fine work. Koester begins by tracing the remarkable history of interpretation of this haunting New Testament book. . . He then turns to his own reading of the text which is rich and insightful and filled with good Christian sense. This would make a fine background text for parish Bible study groups and their leaders.-

M. Eugene Boring -Craig Koester communicates current scholarship on Revelation with clarity, passion, and concern that the message of the Bible be understood and appropriated in today's world. Not merely an antidote or alternative to Left Behind and 'Jesus is coming soon' commercialism, Revelation and the End of All Things is a substantial contribution to good literature on Revelation in its own right. -

Review & Expositor -A popular and easy to read work on Revelation. . . For laity and those in the churches who are seeking alternatives to the unsound and popular views of Revelation, Koester's book is a good recommendation.-

Adela Yarbro Collins -This book offers an innovative introduction to Revelation, drawing on the history of interpretation, art, and music as well as on sound literary and historical analysis. It will help readers understand a wide variety of current approaches to Revelation by explaining briefly their origins and intentions. Highly recommended for ministry students, church study groups, and general readers. -

Francis J. Moloney, SDB -Koester has written a book of singular significance for the contemporary Christian community. The puzzle of Revelation is normally resolved by ignoring its original setting or by rendering it irrelevant to the Christian Bible through an intense focus on that setting. Koester shows that the horizons of the Christian past, present, and future merge in John's remarkable 'revelation.' I cannot recommend this book highly enough to all Christians.-

CBA Marketplace -Koester presents his case exceptionally well. He writes clearly and continually draws readers back to his understanding of Revelation's main theme. His arguments are well-reasoned, and he balances the text's application to John's day and today. Also helpful is his overview of how Revelation has been interpreted through church history.- Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Koester supplies excellent food for thought. . . [He] is particularly strong on connecting the book's language and imagery to Old Testament predecessors."Revelation and the End of All Things"is a thoughtful and perceptive look at a difficult topic." The Bible Today "Anyone looking for a good, interesting, and nontechnical study of the book of Revelation will want to consider this fine work. Koester begins by tracing the remarkable history of interpretation of this haunting New Testament book. . . He then turns to his own reading of the text which is rich and insightful and filled with good Christian sense. This would make a fine background text for parish Bible study groups and their leaders." M. Eugene Boring "Craig Koester communicates current scholarship on Revelation with clarity, passion, and concern that the message of the Bible be understood and appropriated in today's world. Not merely an antidote or alternative to"Left Behind"and 'Jesus is coming soon' commercialism, "Revelation and the End of All Things"is a substantial contribution to good literature on Revelation in its own right. " Review & Expositor "A popular and easy to read work on Revelation. . . For laity and those in the churches who are seeking alternatives to the unsound and popular views of Revelation, Koester's book is a good recommendation." Adela Yarbro Collins "This book offers an innovative introduction to Revelation, drawing on the history of interpretation, art, and music as well as on sound literary and historical analysis. It will help readers understand a wide variety of current approaches to Revelation by explaining briefly their origins and intentions. Highly recommended for ministry students, church study groups, and general readers. " Francis J. Moloney, SDB "Koester has written a book of singular significance for the contemporary Christian community. The puzzle of Revelation is normally resolved by ignoring its original setting or by rendering it irrelevant to the Christian Bible through an intense focus on that setting. Koester shows that the horizons of the Christian past, present, and future merge in John's remarkable 'revelation.' I cannot recommend this book highly enough to all Christians." CBA Marketplace "Koester presents his case exceptionally well. He writes clearly and continually draws readers back to his understanding of Revelation's main theme. His arguments are well-reasoned, and he balances the text's application to John's day and today. Also helpful is his overview of how Revelation has been interpreted through church history.""

Prefacep. xi
Bibliography of Works Citedp. xiii
Interpreting the Mysteryp. 1
Future Prediction or Timeless Truth?p. 2
History, Politics, and Reformp. 8
Apocalyptic Fever, Disappointment, and Tragedyp. 14
Rapture, Tribulation, and Armageddonp. 19
Historical Study of Revelationp. 26
Silence or Song?p. 31
Venturing Forwardp. 38
Christ and the Churches (Revelation 1-3)p. 41
A Revelation--A Prophecy--A Letter (1:1-8)p. 42
In the Presence of the Living One (1:9-20)p. 52
Not All Readers Are Alike (2:1-3:22)p. 54
The Scroll Unsealed (Revelation 4-7)p. 71
The Sovereign God (4:1-11)p. 72
The Lamb Who Was Slain (5:1-14)p. 76
The First Six Seals (6:1-17)p. 81
The Redeemed: 144,000 and a Great Multitude (7:1-17)p. 88
Trumpets of Terror and Hope (Revelation 8-11)p. 93
The First Six Trumpets (8:1-9:21)p. 94
Judgment Interrupted (10:1-11)p. 101
Suffering, Witness, and Conversion (11:1-14)p. 104
The Kingdom of the Lord (11:15-19)p. 111
The Beast and the Lamb (Revelation 12-15)p. 115
The Woman, Michael, and the Dragon (12:1-18)p. 118
The Two Beasts (13:1-18)p. 125
Judgment, Blessing, and Endurance (14:1-20)p. 135
Lord of the Nations (15:1-4)p. 141
The Harlot and the Bride (Revelation 15-19)p. 145
The Seven Bowls of Wrath (15:5-16:21)p. 146
The Great Harlot (17:1-18)p. 154
Babylon's Funeral (18:1-24)p. 162
Hallelujah, the Lord Reigns (19:1-10)p. 168
The End (Revelation 19-22)p. 171
The Great Battle (19:11-21)p. 173
The Millennial Kingdom (20:1-6)p. 180
Final Conflict and Final Judgment (20:7-15)p. 187
The New Jersualem (21:1-22:5)p. 191
The End Is Near (22:6-21)p. 201
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780802846600
ISBN-10: 0802846602
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: April 2001
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32

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