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No part of the Bible is more controversial than the book of Revelation, or, as it is often called, the Apocalypse. For eighteen hundred years it has given rise to conflicting interpretations, and in the late twentieth century it is as controversial as ever. The Apocalypse has appealed to people from diverse backgrounds. It has attracted the oppressed and the powerful, the ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Wipf & Stock Publishers
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There are so many books about John's Apocalypse, yet this one is supremely helpful in a wide variety of ways. By far the most valuable aspect of this book is Wainwright's meticulously detailed and organized survey of the Church's (widespread) interpretation of John's Apocalypse, from the 1st through 20th century. Do you want to know the earliest forms of premillennialism, postmillennialism, and every other "ism" (including many cult interpretations/movements?) in Church history (both east and we ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Arthur O'dell rated it really liked it
Mysterious Apocalypse is not an interpretation of the book of Revelation; it is an history of the interpretation of the book of Revelation, and therein lies its value. I only wish it were longer, with a more in-depth discussion and interaction with some of the interpretations.