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Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning

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Amidst the fervor of popular apocalyptic books and unfounded end times theology, deSilva has written an excellent book that will help readers thoughtfully and properly approach the book of Revelation. This is a truly unique book that studies Revelation by (1) stating the context in which it was written (Roman Asia in the first century), (2) noting why John wrote what he ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Hendrickson Publishers
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Nick
May 06, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it
This is a tremendously helpful book for engaging the Book of Revelation as a message for the church in any generation. DeSilva doesn't spend much time trying to debunk Futurist readings of the book, rather he focuses on understanding the message that Revelation would have spoken to its original audience--the seven churches of Asia Minor--and then asking questions about how the church in any age would be called into account in the same way.

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May 11, 2014 Carl Jenkins rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic book that serves as an introduction to the book of Revelation. In a religious society that wants Revelation to be written TO them and describe all these fantastic events that will come shortly before the Judgment Day, DeSilva sets the book of Revelation in it's correct place, as a book of hope and comfort, as well as a book calling to repentance the early Christians as they were pulled between God and Rome.

Even though it was more of an introduction to the book, I couldn'
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An appropriate second subtitle might be "Ignore the Cover and Title as This Book Is Not What You Think It Is." Had I not read about the book first, I would have immediately disregarded it as another tome trying to give the *real* prophetic meaning behind the symbology of Revelation, showing how it's actually about the year 2014 omg, etc.

The reality is that it's a short, very readable work that gives a compelling overall summation of the patterns of Revelation and how it would be read by the chu
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David A. deSilva (PhD, Emory University) is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. His numerous books include Introducing the Apocrypha and An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation.
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“John exposes Pax Romana and Pax Augusta to be bald-faced lies. He does not allow his hearers to ignore the fact that a great deal of violence has gone into creating and sustaining empire, for example, in the brutal suppression of the Jewish Revolt. How is it truly a matter of “peace” if you use overwhelming force to subdue a country that never wished to be a part of your empire in the first place?” 1 likes
“A grounded and responsible reading of Revelation begins with reading it first as we would read Paul’s Letters to the Galatians or Philippians or the Letters of the Elder (1–3 John), namely, as a piece of communication that reveals its meaning and message most fully when we immerse ourselves in the contexts and conversations of its ancient audience, when we exercise ourselves to understand it as a pastoral word to them in the midst of their concerns and circumstances.” 0 likes
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