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5.0 out of 5 stars A serious study for someone starting on the book of Revelation, 2 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Revelation and the End of All Things (Paperback)
This is a serious study for someone starting out on the book of Revelation, it is aimed at the "well-read layman". There are 40 pages on the history of interpretation, and the various ways of interpreting Revelation. The book deals with a section at a time; it is not a verse by verse commentary. Koester clearly knows his stuff on Revelation. I have a large collection of commentaries on Revelation and I found this to be an excellent read. Another good commentary for the layman is More Than Conquerors by Hendriksen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shines commonsense into confusion!, 6 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Revelation and the End of All Things (Paperback)
Written in non-academic language, this is an easily read book.

It starts by discussing the different ways in which Revelation has been read over the centuries, and provides an informed critique of the difficulites of each approach.

Koester then moves on to provide a framework for reading Revelation that doesn't start with popularist preconceptions, but that deals with the text as it is written. He moves through the chapters of Revelation in sections, linking each back to New Testament writings and Old Testament prophecies where applicable.

As examples, Koester's notes that the book itself opens by saying it is written to seven churches and later he observes is "not a coded collection of secrets that will finally become intelligible at the end of time" (p40).

Dispelling another popular myth he notes "the repetitive character of the visions again shows that Revelation does not predict a neat sequence of events that will allow readers to discern where they are on God's timeline. Instead the book repeats a similar message of warning in multiple ways." (p148)

If you are looking for intrigue and something shrouded in mystery to support a pet theological perspective then this is perhaps not the book for you. If you want a fresh and honest look at Revelation and are open to seeing it with fresh eyes and maybe have some of your pet beliefs challenged, then grab this book and read it; I found it to be enthralling and couldn't put it down.
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Revelation and the End of All Things by Craig R. Koester (Paperback - 24 May 2001)
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