I just received a wonderful new resource. It’s Reading Revelation:  A Comparison of Four Interpretive Traditions of the Apocalypse from Kregel Academic. I wish I had had this book when our small group studied Revelation a few years ago! The author, eschatology expert C. Marvin Pate, has translated the entire book of Revelation from four different theological perspectives, offering lay people like me an amazing reference resource.

The book is laid out in landscape mode with five columns. The first column contains the Greek and a word-for-word translation, like an interlinear. The next four columns offer a paraphrase of the same verse with parenthetical comments reflecting four different views of Revelation—the Preterist, Historical, Futurist, and Idealist. Don’t know what those are? Read the excellent introduction.

Let me give you an example. The word-for-word translation of Revelation 1:3 is, “Blessed [is] the one who reads and the ones who hear the words of the prophecy and who keep the things in it having been written, for the time is near.”

The Preterist paraphrase, from the perspective that the events of Revelation were fulfilled in the first century, is, “Blessed is the one who reads and who hears the words of this prophecy (of the replacement of Israel by the church) and who keeps the things having been written in it, for the time has begun.”

In the next column is the Historicist paraphrase, interpreting Revelation as unfolding church history, is, “Blessed is the one who reads and who hears the words of this prophecy (of the triumph of the Protestant Reformation over Roman Catholicism and the papacy) and who keeps the things having been written in it, for the time of fulfillment is beginning now and will continue throughout the church age.”

The Futurist paraphrase, arguing that the events of Revelation remain largely unfulfilled, is “Blessed is the one who reads and who hears the words of this prophecy (of the end times) and who keeps the things having been written in it, for the time is near, because the rapture of the church can happen at any moment.”

And the Idealist paraphrase, suggesting an ongoing battle between good and evil, is, “Blessed is the one who reads and who hears the words of this prophecy (of the spiritual war between the true church and the ungodly, anti-Christian world that unfolds throughout history) and who keeps the things having been written in it, for the time is always near.”

Imagine having this type of detail for every verse in the book! It’s a leader’s dream! No, you probably won’t read it word-for-word, but it’s a great resource for a difficult book of the Bible.

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