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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801057922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801057922
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Hendriksen (ThD, Princeton Theological Seminary) was professor of New Testament literature at Calvin Theological Seminary.

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Also love Hendriksen's NT Commentaries--- among the best...
Marc J. Grimaldi
Hendriksen presents a clear, thorough case for a spiritual interpretation of Revelation, as well as the progressive parallelism view.
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Would recommend for anyone interested in understanding the Book of Revelation.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Alsruhe on October 17, 2000
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William Hendrickson has done a great job in this book in presenting the "historic amillennial" view of interpreting the book of Revelation. He does a good job showing how Revelation is written in signs and symbols (as Rev. 1:1 in the Greek clearly says) rather than being written as a literal account. Through consistently using the Bible to interpret the Bible (not simply prooftexting), Hendrickson shows that Revelation is not a book which appeals to our desire for the sensational. Dispensationalists would do well to seriously read this second best book I've ever read on Revelation. Hendrickson is not perfect though. He occasionally breaks out of his, and the Bible's, consistent method of interpretation in this book and uses some "literal" interpreting (such as that concerning the black plague). Overall, I recommend this book at an excellent starting point, but not as an ending point. There is a book which takes the technique of using the Bible to interpret the Bible to a much higher level (The Days of Vengeance by Chilton), but whereas Chilton's book is over 700 pages, Hendrickson's book is about a fourth the size. One would do well to begin at the shorter, simpler exegesis of Hendrickson before moving on to something so completely comprehensive as Chilton's book. More than Conquerors is a presentation of historic amillennialism and there are other forms of amillennialism to consider as well (futurist and post-millennial for instance). But the main issue is the refreshing approach Hendrickson restores to interpreting the Bible; that is, he uses the Bible, not the newspaper, to determine the meaning of the prophecies. For this one reason, I believe this book should be on people's reading list.Read more ›
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By rossuk on April 30, 2000
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This is a classic interpretation of Revelation and one that I recommend for the layman. The first edition came out in 1939. It is of the idealist and Amillennial School, which makes Revelation meaningful today and not just to the future. He recognises that the purpose of Revelation is to 'comfort the militant Church in its struggle against the forces of evil'. It is not a verse by verse commentary, he discusses one passage at a time, which means that the book is readable. He is, as you would expect, thoroughly biblical and avoids the speculative nonsense that surrounds Revelation today. If you want a scriptural interpretation of Revelation then I warmly commend this book to you.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. White on December 5, 2002
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The Revelation of Christ has been given to the people of God as part of God's Word for the purpose of comforting them as they pass through the trials and hardships of this foreign land. Certainly the book was directed to the Christians who originally received it, but the beautiful thing about it is that it was also designed to be meaningful to God's people living throughout every generation until the Lord's return. In reading this final book of the Bible, there will be no need to determine the meaning of its symbolism based on contemporary circumstances. Rather, the book itself, as it is understood in light of the Gospel truth and the rest of Scripture, is directly applicable to the day and age in which we are living as it was meant to be for such saints as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, or Spurgeon.
William's Hendriksen presents this view of the book in his commentary by the method of scripture interpreting scripture, not looking for prophetic fulfillment in specific events of his day (1939, when the book was written). Instead, he saw how needful it was to show the relevance of Revelation to every generation of God's people. The main theme of the Apocalypse, as he puts it, is the struggle between Christ and His followers (the Church) and Satan and his followers (the world), ultimately ending in final victory for the King and His faithful ones. Hence, the title of the commentary, "More Than Conquerors". It seems like a pretty simple idea, and perhaps this is why many stumble as they try to "figure out" the meaning of the symbols in the book, looking for their fulfillment in specific historical or future events (the latter being more guesswork than anything else).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gontroppo on May 7, 2004
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We have been preparing to study Revelation, and have been using excellent aids such as Steve Gregg's Revelation: four views: a parallel commentary, Michael Wilcock's I Saw Heaven Opened [in the Bible Speaks Today series] and Robert Mounce's commentary, but I had left my Hendriksen, which I bought 30 years ago, on the shelf.
I have always been amused that the title comes from Romans 8, not Revelation!
I am so glad I opened it again! This book is sane and helpful. Written in 1939, it would have been so tempting for the writer to identify the cataclysmic events of the time with what we find in Revelation, but instead he has begun by studying the time in which the book was originally written, and thinking about what it would have meant to the first hearers and readers.
Hendriksen is one of those who sees the book divided into 7 parallel sections, each of which covers the same territory, but in a different way. His interpretation makes the book meaningful for all Christians in all ages, not just the original recipients and certainly not a select group who live just before the Second Coming of Christ.
Whatever books you are using on Revelation, I highly recommend you include More Than Conquerors in your study.
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