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The NIV Application Commentary Series helps pastors and other Bible teachers with one of the most neglected elements in good preachingaccurate, useful application. -- Dr. James Montgomery Boice, Tenth Presbyterian Church

The NIV Application Commentary Series is not only biblically trustworthy, but also contemporary in its application. I use it and recommend it. -- Charles F. Stanley, First Baptist Church of Atlanta

The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing "doers of the Word." -- Rick Warren, Saddleback Valley Community Church

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As we move into the next millennium, the book of Revelation takes on renewed interest. What are the implications of its symbolism--the seven seals, the seven thunders, the seven trumpets, the seven woes, and other vivid images--for Christians today? How are such things to be understood? From the lofty, awe-inspiring events and often cryptic language of Revelation, this commentary draws fresh insight and practical applications for living our faith in this present time.

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Product Details

  • Series: The NIV Application Commentary
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310231922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310231929
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Craig Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Three of his many books have won national awards, and his background commentary has sold over half a million copies (including electronic copies and translations). Craig is married to Dr. Medine Moussounga Keener, who holds a Ph.D. from University of Paris 7. She was a refugee for 18 months in her nation of Congo, and together Craig and Médine work for ethnic reconciliation in the U.S. and Africa.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By rossuk on June 28, 2000
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There are plenty of commentaries on Revelation. The scholar has Beale and Aune, the student has got the less detailed but scholarly Mounce, and the layman has the rightly popular Hendriksen. There are a lot of other good commentaries out there, but it is hard to find one that stands out from the crowd.
This one by Professor Craig S Keener fills a need in that it is designed to apply the lessons of Revelation to contemporary life. Keener is no academic lightweight, he has already written a 1061 page commentary on Matthew, but he is no stodgy academic either, he is also actively involved in contemporary church life.
In the commentary he covers short sections of Revelation by first discussing the original meaning of the text, which he does reasonably well. Although I think more care is needed to bring out the meaning of the symbolism of Revelation. The layout could also be improved to make clearer which verse he is talking about. After the section on the original meaning there is a section which builds a bridge between the world of the bible and the world of today. Finally there is a longer section which applies the passage to contemporary western life. The pastor or teacher who has to teach Revelation will find this commentary very useful and it will help to answer the question. "Well what has all that Roman persecution got to do with us?" Craig Keener knows the Western church well enough to be suitably challenging in his application. He will also help to enlarge the horizon of an inward looking church. Because he applies Revelation to contemporary life a new edition will be required five to ten years hence.
The 576 page commentary is sufficiently detailed to answer the main questions posed by the text but it is not over detailed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Parker on February 11, 2014
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There is so much stuff out there doing a lot of predicting, but this one concentrates more on discovering what the original hearers would have understood, then brings those ideas into contemporary meaning for today.

I do think there is a larger meaning than just what the original hearers understood - especially in Revelation, but this book is a great place to start. Don't start with the hype of current novel series and all the mystery surrounding end time events. Just like the unknown of the Kennedy assassination, I think most of us are drawn to things that "reveal the unknown."

It can't be ignored, however, that prophesy in the Old Testament does have a telescoping perspective. That means it had a specific meaning for the hearers at the time, but also had an extended longer term meaning - such as some of the Messianic prophesies in Isaiah.

I think anyone who is serious about learning what Revelation says, should own this volume and read it carefully.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Watts on February 27, 2006
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As always, Keener comes through with first-rate material. This volume contains enough scholarship to empower the user for in-depth teaching, but is also user friendly enough to breathe fresh life into your study of Revelation. Revelation can easily be misinterpreted and misapplied. Keener helps you avoid both pitfalls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike on May 27, 2011
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I've been using this commentary along with several others to help me as I've been teaching through Revelation at our church. I've always been a big fan of the NIV Application Commentary series (I have most of them), and this one by Craig Keener did not disappoint. With so many interpretation theories about how to read the book of Revelation, I wanted one that examined the text from the original context. I hold firmly that we should understand how the original hearers understood the Scriptures being written before we interpret them into our own context. Keener is committed to this, and offers great insight into the historical context of John's readers/hearers. He's also very honest about passages that he's not dogmatic about in his interpretation. I found this commentary to be refreshing and very helpful.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Garrett, NBCT on December 31, 2005
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If you are reading this, you are well aware that the commentaries on Revelation which include application are few and far between. Most are exegetical (or expository at best), and leave us with a 'so what' question which is seldom answered.

This work takes a major step forward in bringing the Book of Revelation into our daily lives. I will not rehash what previous reviewers have said, but rather, add my kudos to Keener, et al, for a job well done.

If I was disappointed in any aspect of this book, it might have been in the way it was organized. One must read through large 'chunks' of exposition to glean the principles to be learned. However, the major question 'what does this mean to us?' (in a historical context) is addressed much better than in any other such commentary I've read--including the 'Application Bible'.

Honestly, although not nearly as exhaustive, and written more for teenagers and novice Christians, I would recommend another book which made application more PERSONAL. Instead of 'what does this mean to us?', "Dragons, Grasshoppers & Frogs!" (ISBN: 0595366686) answers: 'what does this mean to ME?'. It is a back pocket handbook organized in bite-sized portions of highly nutritious application, relevancy, and exposition. It's easy to tell it was written by a teacher.

One caveat. You would not want to use this book (or 'Dragons') as your sole commentary on Revelation. But as supplements providing 'so what' application , these books are rare finds, and well worth the purchase for those who want Revelation integrated into daily life.
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