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The NIV Application Commentary: Revelation Hardcover – December 26, 1999
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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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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.
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. The busy pastor will still need to supply some more analysis. The book has quite extensive footnotes, which can usually be ignored, and four indexes. Pastors and teachers will benefit from this book as well as students who want more than just an academic interest in Revelation. Good job Craig, look forward to the next edition.
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