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Steve Gregg hosts "The Narrow Path" radio talk show nationally, and is also author of "All You Want To Know About Hell: Three Christian Views of God's Final Solution for the Problem of Sin." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1st edition (May 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840721285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840721280
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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Steve Gregg is a free-lance writer, Bible teacher and talk-show host. His radio talk show, "The Narrow Path" has aired daily since 1997, and follows a live, call-in, Bible Q & A format. More information, free mp3 downloads and program archives may be found at: www.thenarrowpath.com. He and his wife live in Southern California. In addition to multiple magazine articles, Steve has written two books: "Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary"(Thomas Nelson, 1997, 2013), and "All You Want To Know About Hell: Three Christian Views..." (Thomas Nelson, 2013).

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This is a terrific book! The author has researched a vast array of commentaries and commentators on the book of Revelation and given us a summary of four different ways of interpreting the book, straight from the mouths of proponents of the various views.
It is obvious that in such a work he cannot be exhaustive. Furthermore, he doesn't really try to prove any one position but simply tries to let the advocates of the various positions state their views.
As a pastor I find this book valuable. Although I obviously have more time to study the bible than most I don't have all the time in the world. I don't have the time to wade through a dozen or more commentaries in preparing to teach on the book of Revelation. However, I have the responsibility to teach accurately and to fairly represent different views which are found within Christendom.
This is where the book shows its greatest strength. Full time scholars will wade through all of the commentaries, but pastors and bible teachers whose time is more limited can turn to this book as a reference on the differing views.
One of the things you will find is that there are four broad categories of approach to the book of Revelation - the historicist, preterist, futurist and idealist. And you will also find that within those categories there are differing angles which are taken on particular passages. This could be discouraging to some because it may make you come away thinking that the task of understanding the book of Revelation is hopeless.
On the other hand, maybe God has a purpose in this confusion. I believe it was Pascal who said something along the lines of this - God did not give us the bible to tickle our intellects but to tranform our our lives.
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Hi. Thanks for reading these reviews (and thanks to those who wrote them). I am the author of "Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary." Because of the nature of the book, I have always been listed as the "editor" (rather than "author") though no other hand but my own was involved in the writing of the book. The decision to call me "editor" instead of "author" was made by Thomas Nelson Publishers (with my approval, of course), rather late in the process of preparing for publication. Their rationale for using this title was their concern that a man without schoarly credentials (like me) might not be taken seriously as the "author" of a commentary, whereas readers might lower the bar a bit in assessing the appropriate qualifications for an "editor."

I noticed that (at the time of this writing--which might not be the case in the future), on this Amazon page, while I am referred to as the editor of the book (nothing wrong with that), that "Dr. Howard F. Vos" is listed as its author. Since I don't know the venerable Dr. Vos (I have a book of his on church history, and have found it very useful), and since he would be the first to admit, I am sure, that he had nothing to do with the writing of "Revelation: Four Views...", I am perplexed at how the authorship of the book came to be attributed to him at this website. You will find no reference to him on the pages of the book under consideration, because he had nothing to do with it. I do not point that out in order to avoid his getting credit for any virtues the work may possess, but more to absolve him of responsibility for anything in the book that he might regard as a defect. Since I come to this website but rarely, I cannot say how long this misprint has been here (it has not always been).
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I did not think it could be done. How could anyone write, presenting varying views that are opposed to each other and remain unbiased? Steve Gregg has done just that.

I became a Christian reading a famous book about revelation written from the dispensational perspective. I became so well versed in this view that I could teach the book of Revelation without notes. After attending a Bible College that was exclusively dispensational, a pastor who embraced the historic premillennial view challenged me to learn about other views on the subject. I resisted, like the know-it-all 26 year old I was at the time, but I did follow my pastor's advice and began reading.

I have since evolved through historic premillennialism and am now a humble amillennialist. (I say humble because I know that better men than me have differing opinions on eschatology.)

When I read Steve Gregg's masterpiece, I was stunned to see that he faithfully and charitably presented an unbiased look at the varying views of Revelation. THIS IS A MUST READ for any and all students of eschatology-especially those who are unread in views other than their own. BRAVO!
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This is an easy-to-read, clearly articulated description of the main lines of interpretation on this book, presented in parallel format, so you can check one perspective with another right on the same page. As such, this book's main strength is also its main weakness. It offers very clear, unbiased descriptions of the Historicist, Preterist, Futurist, and Spiritual/Idealist views of Rev. 1-19, as well as Premillennial, Postmillenial and Amillennial interpretations of Rev. 20. Thus you get a very well-written description of each view (whereas in many other commentaries on Rev., it is difficult to know exactly which approach the author is taking, what implications that approach has on the rest of the book, or what other interpretive options exist.)

What you DON'T get here is an interaction between the views (as in Pate's "Four Views" book); this commentary doesn't point out the strengths or weaknesses that have traditionally been associated with each viewpoint. After reading it, you will understand the differing viewpoints much better, but you won't be much closer to making a good, informed decision yourself, on which approach you think is stronger.

In short, this is an excellent supplementary commentary to have, in addition to another comentary that actually takes a stance on some of the issues. This is definitely a commentary worth having, but get Aune's or Beale's commentaries (for example) in addition for some top-flight research that focuses on drawing conclusions rather than summarizing options.
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