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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281063478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281063475
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This comprehensive and accessible work will become an important point of reference not only for scholars and teachers but also for those ministering to the dying and the bereaved.' --Professor David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh

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Anthony Thiselton is Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Nottingham. He has previously taught at the Universities of Sheffield, Bristol and Durham and is known internationally for his work on the theory of biblical interpretation. His previous books include The Living Paul (SPCK, 2009)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Plant. on 13 Mar 2014
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This is no lightweight book, but, and it's a big but! It doesn't overstrained the brain cells when reading it. This was one of my core texts when I was doing 'Eschatology' at the greatest theological College on the planet (better known as WEST) and I actually found myself looking forward to reading it, which as you may gather from some my reviews is not always the case with reading on heavyweight theological subjects! Yes, it is not always the easiest read, but Thisleton seems to go out of his way to avoid heavyweight theological jargon unless it is absolutely necessary for the subject in hand. This I found made it an easier read and useful when summarising exercises that had been set on the subject. Not bad choice to get if you are seeking to understand not just the 'Last things' but how the subject of 'Eschatology' applies to the Bible in general.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Smith on 14 Aug 2012
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There is a note of poignancy about this book because it was written when the author, now in his late seventies, was recovering from a near-fatal stroke, and one can imagine that his topic was of personal moment to him. Still, Thiselton's slow, deliberate manner, devoid of any haste or superficiality, is evident throughout the work's 250 pages. One of the world's leading authorities on hermeneutics, but equally at home in New Testament exegesis, the author brings to his subject a lifetime of hermeneutical, theological and biblical scholarship. The analysis is clear, yet profound, although the general reader may find some chapters difficult to digest all in one go.

"The Last Things" covers the kind of topics one would expect of such a title: Christ's return (the Parousia), resurrection, hell, purgatory, last judgement, heaven, and so forth; but the kind of philosophical questions that might occur to the general reader tend to be spurned in favour of detailed biblical and theological analyses of contrasting concepts, often drawing on such weighty characters as Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Barth, Moltmann (frequently), and Pannenberg.

Thiselton's arguments will be persuasive only to those who are prepared to accept his fundamental presuppositions, primarily that God exists, and that the Bible is the word of God. Given these, his reasoning is characteristically careful, and frequently watertight. But the first order philosophical questions are left out of account (although linguistic philosophers like Wittgenstein, Ryle and Searle do get a look in). Thus, to take his chapter on resurrection as an example, the kind of questions to which many people might expect some kind of response (e.g.
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An excellent book. Does just what it sets out to do. Good on evidence; reliable on conclusions and always fair. If this is an area you are interested in then do read it.
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