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Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary Hardcover – May 12, 1997
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It is obvious that in such a work he cannot be exhaustive. Furthermore, he doesn't really try to prove any one position but simply tries to let the advocates of the various positions state their views.
As a pastor I find this book valuable. Although I obviously have more time to study the bible than most I don't have all the time in the world. I don't have the time to wade through a dozen or more commentaries in preparing to teach on the book of Revelation. However, I have the responsibility to teach accurately and to fairly represent different views which are found within Christendom.
This is where the book shows its greatest strength. Full time scholars will wade through all of the commentaries, but pastors and bible teachers whose time is more limited can turn to this book as a reference on the differing views.
One of the things you will find is that there are four broad categories of approach to the book of Revelation - the historicist, preterist, futurist and idealist. And you will also find that within those categories there are differing angles which are taken on particular passages. This could be discouraging to some because it may make you come away thinking that the task of understanding the book of Revelation is hopeless.
On the other hand, maybe God has a purpose in this confusion. I believe it was Pascal who said something along the lines of this - God did not give us the bible to tickle our intellects but to tranform our our lives.Read more ›
I noticed that (at the time of this writing--which might not be the case in the future), on this Amazon page, while I am referred to as the editor of the book (nothing wrong with that), that "Dr. Howard F. Vos" is listed as its author. Since I don't know the venerable Dr. Vos (I have a book of his on church history, and have found it very useful), and since he would be the first to admit, I am sure, that he had nothing to do with the writing of "Revelation: Four Views...", I am perplexed at how the authorship of the book came to be attributed to him at this website. You will find no reference to him on the pages of the book under consideration, because he had nothing to do with it. I do not point that out in order to avoid his getting credit for any virtues the work may possess, but more to absolve him of responsibility for anything in the book that he might regard as a defect. Since I come to this website but rarely, I cannot say how long this misprint has been here (it has not always been).Read more ›
I became a Christian reading a famous book about revelation written from the dispensational perspective. I became so well versed in this view that I could teach the book of Revelation without notes. After attending a Bible College that was exclusively dispensational, a pastor who embraced the historic premillennial view challenged me to learn about other views on the subject. I resisted, like the know-it-all 26 year old I was at the time, but I did follow my pastor's advice and began reading.
I have since evolved through historic premillennialism and am now a humble amillennialist. (I say humble because I know that better men than me have differing opinions on eschatology.)
When I read Steve Gregg's masterpiece, I was stunned to see that he faithfully and charitably presented an unbiased look at the varying views of Revelation. THIS IS A MUST READ for any and all students of eschatology-especially those who are unread in views other than their own. BRAVO!
What you DON'T get here is an interaction between the views (as in Pate's "Four Views" book); this commentary doesn't point out the strengths or weaknesses that have traditionally been associated with each viewpoint. After reading it, you will understand the differing viewpoints much better, but you won't be much closer to making a good, informed decision yourself, on which approach you think is stronger.
In short, this is an excellent supplementary commentary to have, in addition to another comentary that actually takes a stance on some of the issues. This is definitely a commentary worth having, but get Aune's or Beale's commentaries (for example) in addition for some top-flight research that focuses on drawing conclusions rather than summarizing options.
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Thorough, fair, and logical. A great resource for one attempting to understand Revelation.Published 5 months ago by S. Haas
Wonderful comparisons of the 4 views. This is a great addition to my library. Excellent condition and shipped in a timely manner.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent teaching tool for any level of school or bible study.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book does a creditable job of comparing the different interpretations of the book of Revelations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Timothy N.