Strange… The Book of Revelation is one of the most challenging to understand of any book in the Bible, yet it has been more widely read and written about than almost any other biblical book! It includes three literary genres: that of an epistle, apocalyptic visions, and prophecy. Similarly, there are at least four major approaches to interpreting the book: the historicist, the preterist, the futurist, and the spiritual (or combinations thereof). Steve Gregg edited a fine book to illustrate those approaches side by side: Revelation: Four Views, A Parallel Commentary. Want to see a film that will help unlock the book? The Apocalypse, with Richard Harris does an excellent job. (Both can be found in the mini- Bible reference section in our Manse meeting room.) For today’s passage, Scott Hahn’s The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth gives great insight!
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Sunday, November 1, 2015