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A Commentary on the Revelation of John Paperback – January 10, 1972
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The book opens with a brief introduction to the authorship, date, and setting of Revelations, then proceeds with a discussion of four possible methods of interpretation-preterist, historical, idealist, and futurist. While he describes his understanding as "a blending of the preterist and the futurist methods", those who consider themselves preterists might be surprised at Ladd's definition of preterism. Ladd describes preterism as the view that apocalyptic literature contains "tracts for hard times", but no prophecy, and that the apparent prophecies of Revelations neither were fulfilled, nor will be. Given this definition, it is difficult to understand why Ladd describes himself as a preterist-futurist in his understanding of Revelations. From his own definitions, it would be easier to see him as an idealist-futurist.
Following the introductory chapter, Ladd proceeds directly to a verse-by-verse commentary of Revelations. I am not usually fond of this format in theological works, but nevertheless found this book very stimulating. Clearly well versed in Greek and Hebrew, Ladd goes into depth on many specifics of theology contained in Revelations.Read more ›
Note: Among 7 recent scholarly commentaries on Revelation Ladd is the 14th most cited author.
But, I was very helped by his insights and arguments, especially because he had a good balance between digging into details and not losing sight of the whole.
It did seem a bit dry at times and could have used some more application/devotion, but perhaps that was beyond Ladd's purpose.
Even though it was published in 1972, it was a very relevant mid-level commentary.
It is a verse by verse commentary which makes the commentary easy to refer to when you need clarification on certain passages. This is much easier to use compared to other commentaries that are arranged in themes or by whole chapters... where you might need to read 20 pages only to find that what you are asking is not even dealt with in the book.
The book also has numerous diagrams that makes difficult concepts easy to grasp. E.g. the kingdom of God, the now and the not yet, etc.
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George Ladd does a really good job at giving an in depth and clear interpretation and presentation of the book of Revelation. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charles Keesee
A must read for those interested in the Apocalypse by John. Fine scholarship and exegesis by a brilliant writer and teacher of the word. Highly recommended.Published 23 months ago by Melvin C. Williams
While there are different perspectives among evangelicals regarding the events preceding the end, Ladd is unsurpassed in his examination of God's word in John's apocalypse. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Boniface Wagoneer