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The NIV Application Commentary: Revelation Hardcover – December 26, 1999
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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
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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.Read more ›
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 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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If you are studying Revelations, this is the guide you needPublished 2 months ago by Paul S. Melancon
I have used this commentary while doing the Bible Study Fellowship course on Revelation. It is an outstanding commentary that is written for scholar and layperson alike. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ririsho
This will become a staple to our teaching library at home. Wife and I have used it extensively already. Great tool for application study to ss classes and bible study groups.Published 5 months ago by Benjamin L Dickson
I'm not smart enough to understand all the info author gives regarding Revelations! wonderful resourcePublished 9 months ago by tkey
It isn't often that we get to read a commentary that is written by a Spirit-filled scholar. This one is, and I highly recommend it.Published 10 months ago by L. L. Smith