While commentaries continue to be published on the book of Revelation, few, if any, attempt to interpret the Apocalypse in light of the political, historical, and cultural setting of John's original audience. The purpose of Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible is to provide fresh and illuminating exegesis of Revelation that takes seriously ancient literary and archaeological evidences. This book seeks to bring the reader into the world of John's Apocalypse with pictures of numerous sites and artifacts from the first and early second centuries AD. Moreover, the book also attempts to interpret John and his message through the lens of the Jewish prophetic tradition of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and other pertinent Second Temple works. Thus John stands in the prophetic heritage of Israel in his attempt to challenge, threaten, admonish, and praise the seven churches of Roman Asia whose members are suffering at the hands of the idolatrous Graeco-Roman culture in which they reside.speaking of some well-known fairy tales, Frederick Buechner writes: In each case , a strange world opens up when it ... First, and primarily, the Bible, like the fairy tales of Cinderella, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Wizard of Oz, The anbsp;...
|Title||:||Telling the Whole Story|
|Author||:||John C. Holbert|
|Publisher||:||Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2013-03-01|