Thursday, January 12, 2012

Reading Revelation by C. Marvin Pate


Genre- Religion/Biblical Studies/New Testament

Reading Revelation: A Comparison of Four Interpretive Translations of the Apocalypse by Kenneth A. Mathews & M. Sydney Park

Published by- Kregel Academic & Professional

Copyrighted- 2009

Number of pages- 195

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- Paperback, listed price- $29.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-3367-2

C. Marvin Pate has made this book for readers to see different interpretations of the book of Revelation at  the same time.  There are four approaches: idealist (spiritual), preterist (past), historicist, and futurist.  The approaches are laid out in columns next to the Greek text and a literal translation.

About the Authors- C. Marvin Pate is the author and editor of numerous items related to eschatology and Revelation.  He is the professor of biblical studies Ouachita Baptist University.

My thoughts- Reading Revelation is a wonderful book for Bible studies, college student, professor, pastor or anyone interested in the different view points.

If I were in a Bible study and we were studying the book of Revelation, I would make sure we had this book to study the different views.  And this could help us understand why there are different views and how we in a group can discuss the views and either agree or agree to disagree.

I liked the Greek text and literal translation, because I knew where the Bible verses began and ended.  I had a difficult time in some parts of the book, because there was not enough separation between the Bible verses and viewpoints.

I would recommend this book to all who are or plan on studying the book of Revelation

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Reading Revelation by C. Marvin Pate for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. All links were current when posted. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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