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Discover:
-How the springs at Hierapolis help us understand why Jesus described the church at Laodicea as 'lukewarm'
-The background and circumstances of certificates of divorce in Judaism
-How Jewish dietary laws provided a powerful metaphor for God's acceptance of the Gentiles
Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse by verse through all the books of the New Testament. It's like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. You'll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus. You'll discover the close, sometimes startling interplay between God's kingdom and the practical affairs of the church. Best of all, you'll gain a deepened awareness of the Bible's relevance for your life.
Written in a clear, engaging style, this beautiful set provides a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries don't offer. It features:
-Commentary based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries, and studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament
-Hundreds of full-color photographs, color illustrations, and line drawings
-Copious maps, charts, and timelines-Sidebar articles and insights
-'Reflections' on the Bible's relevance for 21st-century living
Written by leading evangelical contributors:
Clinton E. Arnold (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen), General Editor
S. M. Baugh (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine)
Peter H. Davids (Ph.D., University of Manchester)
David E. Garland (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
David W. J. Gill (D.Phil., University of Oxford)
George H. Guthrie (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Moyer V. Hubbard (D.Phil., University of Oxford)
Andreas J. K stenberger (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
Ralph P. Martin (Ph.D., University of London, King's College)
Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews)
Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen)
Frank Thielman (Ph.D., Duke University)
Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Ph.D., University of Toronto)
Michael J. Wilkins (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)
Mark W. Wilson (D.Litt. et Phil., University of South Africa)
Julie L. Wu (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)
Robert W. Yarbrough (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen)

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Clinton E. Arnold (Ph D, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

Mark W. Wilson (DLitt et Phil) is the director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, as well as Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and Research Fellow in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa. He wrote the commentary on Revelation in the Zondervan Bible Backgrounds Commentary series. His most recent book Biblical Turkey is a guide to the Jewish and Christian sites of Asia Minor.

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Revelation


Zondervan

Copyright © 2002 Mark Wilson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-27832-0


Chapter One

Early Christianity and Ephesus

On his second ministry journey Paul attempted to preach in Asia but was prevented by the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:6). On his return to Jerusalem, he stopped briefly at the synagogue in Ephesus (18:19-21). Paul finally came to Asia during his third journey, making Ephesus his base for about two and a half years. Through his ministry the entire province was reached with the gospel (19:1-41, esp. v. 10). During his subsequent imprisonment in Rome, Paul wrote three letters to the Christians in Asia-Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians. After his release he stopped briefly in Ephesus, leaving Timothy to deal with problems in the church there (1 Tim. 1:3). He later wrote two letters to Timothy in Ephesus.

How Peter developed a relationship with the church in Asia is unknown. Although the New Testament never states that Peter traveled through Asia Minor (also called Anatolia, modern Turkey), he most likely did on his way to Corinth (1 Cor. 1:12) and Rome (1 Peter 5:13). Peter later wrote to the church in Anatolia, with the province of Asia named specifically in his greeting (1 Peter 1:1).

The New Testament is also silent on how John came to reside in Asia. Church tradition relates that a community of Christians migrated to Asia from Judea in A.D. 66 at the beginning of the Jewishrevolt. Philip and his daughters settled in Hierapolis, while John and his community located around Ephesus. The early church fathers, such as Polycrates and Irenaeus, provide the literary evidence for John's ministry in Asia. The book of Revelation, along with the Gospel and Letters of John, all have their provenance in and around Ephesus.

Historical Background

The writing of Revelation has been placed either in the decade of the 60s or the 90s of the first century A.D. The later date is suggested in a statement by the church father Irenaeus (late second century) that Revelation was seen at the end of the reign of the emperor Domitian (A.D. 81-96). Domitian's cruelty is well documented by Roman historians, and the church historian Eusebius calls him a second Nero because of his persecution of the church. Revelation's portrait of mass martyrdom appears to link it historically to a persecution by Domitian. However, late twentieth-century historians have proven convincingly that no persecution of the church occurred under Domitian, only one limited to the Roman aristocracy in his immediate circle.

* Revelation IMPORTANT FACTS:

AUTHOR: John.

DATE: c. 69 (early date) or 95 (late date).

OCCASION:

To prepare believers in Asia for the coming of Jesus.

To expose false teaching and ungodly behavior in the seven churches.

To reveal the divine judgments to fall on the unrepentant.

To exhort believers to persevere despite persecution and hardship.

THEMES:

1. God, ruling from his divine throne, is the sovereign Lord of history.

2. Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb is victorious over Satan and the world.

3. The world system typified by Babylon and the two beasts is opposed to God and his people.

4. The saints who overcome will receive eternal rewards in the new heaven and new earth.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................................vi
List of Sidebars................................viii
List of Charts..................................ix
Index of Photos and Maps........................x
Abbreviations...................................xii
Matthew Michael J. Wilkins.....................2
Credits for Photos and Maps.....................204
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