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Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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“Hamilton has done his homework—and numerous footnotes reveal his scholarship—but he keeps the plot moving as he focuses on the pastoral duty of preaching the book. When exegeting difficult texts he presents the best case for differing viewpoints and then argues persuasively for his, all with an eye on preaching. Pastors will find here an inspiring foundation to craft their own sermons (and check their work), and laypeople will discover a pastoral guide through the minefield that is Revelation. Do you have a question about a passage in Revelation? Look here first.”
—Michael Wittmer, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Cornerstone University
“In a day when most preachers appear to be terrified by the prospects of preaching any text beyond the third chapter of the Apocalypse, I find Dr. James Hamilton’s Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches to be an oasis in the wilderness. Though my own interpretation of the book is light years removed from that of Professor Hamilton, the purity of his love for Christ, for his church, and for the Word of God makes every page a delight to read regardless of his eschatological position.”
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
James M. Hamilton Jr. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. He is the author of God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment and the Revelation volume in the Preaching the Word commentary series.
R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He serves as the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentary series and is the author or coauthor of many books. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.
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(1) A God-centered passion. Hamilton's love for the Bible and God's glory are evident in the chapters. As he guides you through Revelation, he wants you to be in awe of God.
(2) A pastoral sensitivity. Hamilton is a scholar and professor, but he is also a pastor, and his pastoral heart shines through the commentary. Reading these chapters was like reading great sermons.
(3) A broad audience. This is a commentary, but it's not totally written in "scholar-ese," though its content will benefit scholars as well. Keeping with the aim of the series, a thoughtful Christian will be able to pick up Hamilton's commentary and plumb the mysteries surrounding the book of Revelation. This commentary is for everyone!
(4) A literary endeavor. Hamilton cares deeply about literature and knows not only that words convey meaning--he knows that words, crafted well, move the heart and stimulate the mind. If good literature can do such things, how much more necessary for the Bible to have those effects! With that in view, each chapter of his commentary bears a careful design and structure, and the arguments are artfully advanced with the goal of representing the majesty of Revelation.
(5) A big picture aim. It's easy to get tangled up or altogether lost in the details of Revelation, but, no matter your eschatological view, you will benefit from reading Hamilton's treatment of Revelation. His aim, like his previous book, is to showcase God's glory in salvation through judgment.Read more ›
Most of the time I welcome input as I am trying to discover what to teach on next. I usually eliminate the pleas for "let's go through Revelations". First of all I eliminate it because Revelations is not a book in the Bible. The Revelation of Jesus Christ to John is a book of the Bible but not Revelations. I jokingly say that but underneath that joking statement is the reason why I usually avoid going through Revelation. Most people view it as a manual for the end times. I take a different approach to Revelation. So out of fear of sorely disappointing people--or perhaps because I am afraid I do not quite have enough rapport to dismiss the Left Behind series--I tend to avoid going through Revelation.
That may change.
Jim Hamilton has written a tremendous "commentary" on Revelation. It is part of the Preaching the Word series edited by R. Kent Hughes. Hamilton shows how one can hold a historic-premillenial view (as I do--though I want to be amillenial) and preach through Revelation without every week just being "I'm not sure what this means but I do know that Jesus wins".
This book is marketed as a commentary. While it could serve as a commentary and do a very good job it is actually a collection of sermons that Hamilton preached at his church. These manuscripts are tweaked to fit a commentary type of mold.Read more ›
So, if it is difficult for Pastors just think of how difficult it is for lay people. My College Age students asked me to teach to them from the book of Revelation one summer. I did not feel up to the task. But I found a resource and started into the book. How I wish that I could have had Hamilton's commentary that summer. It would have given me much insight.
Hamilton grapples with the big picture of Revelation and all of the little pieces that come with it. He then presents to us a very readable and understandable commentary on the book.
The "Preaching the Word" series of commentaries are not deep, dig into original language, talk about all the nuances and all the Theological controveries about the book in question. No, these commentaries are written by men who "preach" the word of God on a weekly basis. So, they grapple with the truth of the text and how it is to be applied to our culture today.
As such Hamilton gives us a great commentary that will give you enough insight to understand some of the deep issues in Revelation, but he will keep it simple enough that you will walk away with many practical insights and applications for your life.
The Chapters are not lengthy and lend themselves as a way for a small group to be able to daily read a chapter and then come together and discuss them later on.
This book would be useful for the lay person and lay pastor who want to get a `big picture' overview of the book of Revelation and be able to discuss the applications to their lives.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is probably better than I am rating it. The first books I purchased in the series were written by Kent Hughes whose preaching style is very much like mine. Read morePublished 12 months ago by PastorTony
Wonderful book! Hamilton is my professor. He is so familiar with the Scripture. And he loves God's Word so much. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chariot
Overall this is a very good and readable commentary on Revelation. I would recommend to anyone who wants to study this book.Published 17 months ago by Matthew J. Maples
The Preaching the Word series is recognized for its commitment to biblical authority, its clear exposition of Scripture, and its readability. Dr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mike Rudolph
Professor Hamilton gives us more than a commentary. He is faithful to the text but does not fail to engage the reader in personal reflection and application upon understanding what... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rick
This is the best book on Revelation I've ever read! It's a must have for anyone wanting an easy to understand guide to the book of Revelation.Published on August 10, 2013 by Chris Brown
The apostle Paul once wrote to young Timothy, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by David Norman
I do not envy the man who attempts to write a commentary on the book of Revelation. It is a tough book to preach, let alone write a commentary on. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Daniel Pandolph blogging at danielpandolph . com