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Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation

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The book of Revelation, by its very name, is an unveiling, a vivid disclosure of invisible realities. And yet, confronted with bizarre imagery that is alien to our experience, we are often left asking, "What in the world does this book mean?" In this section-by-section commentary, Dennis E. Johnson deftly guides us through questions about how to interpret Revelation, what kind of literature it is, what it meant to its original audience, and how it equips us today for spiritual ...
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Overview

The book of Revelation, by its very name, is an unveiling, a vivid disclosure of invisible realities. And yet, confronted with bizarre imagery that is alien to our experience, we are often left asking, "What in the world does this book mean?" In this section-by-section commentary, Dennis E. Johnson deftly guides us through questions about how to interpret Revelation, what kind of literature it is, what it meant to its original audience, and how it equips us today for spiritual warfare.

Describing Revelation as "a book of symbols in motion" and "a book permeated by worship," Johnson gives special attention to the Old Testament background of John's pictorial vocabulary and how vision-cycles structure the Apocalypse. He casts light on the historical, religious, and cultural contexts of John's first hearers in Asia Minor, a church under attack. The central themes of Revelation emerge to fill out our vision of Christ's triumph over the Enemy.

Johnson explains that the purpose of Revelation is to fortify the church against the Enemy's wiles, in whatever form they come, by disclosing the profound paradoxes of Christ's victory and glory: The Lion who has overcome is the Lamb slain. His witnesses have conquered the dragon by their being (apparently) conquered in martyrdom. The carefully numbered Israel of God is an innumerable international multitude. The poor church is rich and the self-sufficient church is destitute. He concludes, "Whenever Revelation works on us as God intends it to, we trust, love, and fear Jesus more." Pastors, church leaders, and students will find in this commentary a clearer understanding of the triumph of the Lamb, along with the encouragement the church needs to persevere in purity, worship, and witness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875522005
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 985,497
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations viii
Acknowledgments ix
1. Introduction: A Strategy for Seeing 1
2. Structure: Framing the Pieces of the Puzzle 25
3. Vision: The Son of Man among His Churches (1:7-20) 49
4. Letters: The Son of Man Speaks to His Churches (2:1-3:22) 65
5. Scroll Opened: The Lamb Is Worthy (4:1-5:14) 95
6. Seals: Instruments, Rationale, and Climax of Judgment (6:1-8:5) 115
7. Trumpets: Current and Coming Woes (8:1-9:21; 11:15-19) 139
8. Scroll Delivered: The Prophet Eats, Measures, and Testifies (10:1-11:14) 155
9. Cosmic Conflict 1: The Mother, the Dragon, and the Beasts (12:1-13:18) 177
10. Harvest: Celebration (14:1-15:8) 199
11. Bowls: The Last Woes (16:1-21) 221
12. Harlot: Babylon's Luxury, Violence, and Destruction (17:1-19:10) 241
13. Cosmic Conflict 2: The Thousand Years and the Last Battle (19:11-20:15) 267
14. Bride: New Jerusalem, Wife of the Lamb (21:1-22:21) 301
15. Conclusion: What Should This Book Do to Us? 333
Appendix A A Concise Overview of the Book of Revelation 347
Appendix B Schools of Interpretation 351
Works Cited 365
Index of Scripture and Ancient Writings 371
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