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Reading Revelation: A Comparison of Four Interpretive Translations of the Apocalypse
The mark of the Beast, the Antichrist, the seven seals, the second coming of Christ, the millennium. These intriguing and endlessly contentious ideas and images all come together in the book of Revelation, a rich and hermeneutically complicated Scripture that, unsurprisingly, has no universally accepted interpretation. Instead, the study of Revelation has customarily falle ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Kregel Academic & Professional
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There is perhaps no other book in the Bible that has be subject to the most diverse and sometimes fanciful interpretations than the book of Revelation. Its content has left many confused. Even the famous theologian and commentator John Calvin did not write a commentary on it because he could not understand it. For a book that brings to close the whole of God’s written revelation concerning his acts in history for the salvation of man and his glory, the door is wide open as to how the church has ...more
With the end of the world right on our doorsteps (well...at least to the Mayan believers out there), this book has come along at the right time. Actually, it is more of a comparison look at four of the more popular views on Revelation, and tries to make it more explanatory for the average person. I really liked the literal word for word translation since I don't speak Greek and sometimes our newer versions of the Bible are a bit different from the actual Greek word. This book could be used as a ...more
"Reading Revelation" by C.Marvin Pate is a comparison of four interpretive translations of the book of Revelation. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I received this book but was pleasantly surprised at the layout. It is written in five parallel columns, the first column is the Greek text and English translation of each verse, the second column is the Pretest view of said verse, the third column is the historical view, the fourth column is the futurist view and the fifth column is the idea ...more
C. Marvin Pate (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author and editor of numerous works, including Four Views on the Book of Revelation; The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse; Romans (Teach the Text Commentary Series); and From Plato to Jesus.More about C. Marvin Pate...