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In God's Time: The Bible and the Future Paperback – September 27, 2002
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"In God's Time offers an alternative to thesetwo poles in the debate, an alternative that is atonce faithful and sane, readable and scholarly.Author Craig C. Hill encourages Christians bothto take seriously and to think sensibly about thehope of God's ultimate victory. His new bookincludes chapters on the nature of the Bible, thehistory of prophecy, the meaning of apocalypticwritings, the interpretation of Daniel andRevelation, the expectations of Jesus, and thehopes of the early Christians. It also includes anappendix ("Not Left Behind") on the subject ofthe rapture.
Endorsed by a wide array of top scholarsand church leaders, "In God's Time is a reliableguide to this often bewildering but alwaysfascinating subject.
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Fortunately, Wesley Seminary Professor Craig Hill has provided the remedy to both our headaches and our discomfort. In his new book In God's Time, Professor Hill paves a middle way between overly literalist "Left Behind" theology and minimalist skepticism that dismisses anything about the End Times in the Bible as inauthentic. Hill demonstrates with great clarity and conviction why belief in the ultimate victory of God is essential to Christian faith, from our understanding of Jesus' resurrection to our hopes for the Kingdom. He looks at the traditions of apocalyptic thinking as they began in Judaism and were developed in Christianity. Hill provides a way for Christians to have hope in the future that is not dominated by hysterical nonsense or right-wing theology. There has long been a need for such a book in contemporary Christianity, and Dr. Hill has written it.
Professor Hill's brilliant scholarship is combined with down-to-earth style. It is full of every-day metaphors and down-home examples and written in a style accessible to lay people without avoiding difficult and essential scholarly questions.Read more ›
Author Craig C. Hill begins his work by establishing for the reader his approach to biblical interpretation, which is, again, a moderate, scholarly approach, using the tools of historical biblical criticism. Hardline inerrantists will probably opt out at this point (thus my tongue-in-cheek review title), but they will be missing a great deal. Rather than trying to make all the eschatalogical pieces from divergent sources fit together, Hill acknowledges the differences while at the same time accentuating the overarching theme of God's ultimate victory. Without succumbing either to the skepticism of the Jesus Seminar or the hysteria of the "Left Behind" devotees, the author gives a balanced, even-handed view of eschatology. This book can become a template for reading any prophetic literature contained in the Bible.
Although the audience that could most benefit from a book like this will surely be the least receptive (if they even know about the book in the first place), this is a worthy antidote to much of the end-times silliness (including the "rapture" theory) that is rampant in today's world. Before you buy the next installment of the "Left Behind" series, pick this up instead.
Liberal and conservative Christians alike need to read this book. Dr. Hill engages the reader with a fantasitic and engaging writing voice, simultaniously educating us about a subject at the very heart of Christian thought--from first to twenty first century! Understanding the currents of Apocalyptic thinking is indeed the only door through which one can fully grasp Jesus and the earliest Christians.
This book is a tool waiting to be put to cataclysmically good use. Perfect for bible studies (materials and handouts can be printed out from its website), small groups, or just personal enrichment, don't miss this cogent and fun journey through the most essential of biblical topics.
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Dr. Craig Hill has written a book that at last makes sense using solid biblical scholarship to give answers to questions about end times. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhon Carleton
SO disappointed! I thought the author was Craig Hill of Family Foundations International so I ordered 6 copies, forced myself to read the whole book, then tossed all 6 in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bonnie in Maine
A bit heavy reading but really comprehensive in exploring apocalyptic literature.Published 19 months ago by Richard C. Paschall Jr.
This book distills Christian belief into what is important and what is perifferal with insight obviously born of highly informed personal contemplation over many years. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Per My Experience
Apocalyptic fervor among Christians is reaching an all time high. With the immense popularity of the Left Behind Series, coupled with the imminent end of the world in 2012, the... Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Jonathan Pedrone
So many people view Revelation as a precise road map to the future or an ancient book, fine for its day (two millennia ago), but of no use today. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer
The author points out that there are two conspicuous, large camps of Christians on the eschatological landscape. These camps are ill at ease with each other. Read morePublished on September 22, 2008 by Wesley L. Janssen
I understand this book is intended to be a summary for a general audience, but it assumes a number of conclusions that will be jarring to the ordinary Christian in the pews without... Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by Book Guy
This would be a bit of a hard read for the average person, but as a thoughtful Christian I am tired of having my faith ridiculed and belittled by the pulp fiction end times... Read morePublished on February 11, 2007 by Richard L. Anningson