The Book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort, as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre, bewildering, and sometimes frightening. How are readers today to discern God’s message in this peculiar part of the Bible?
Breaking the Code Revised Edition provides a trustworthy guide to the rich symbolism of this important biblical book. Noted biblical scholar Bruce M. Metzger presents the fruits of solid scholarship in a non-academic style. This revised edition includes updates based on current biblical research, as well as additional teaching from author and respected New Testament scholar David deSilva.
Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring David deSilva and a comprehensive Leader Guide introducing the main points and setting the stage for small group discussion.
- Introducing the Book of Revelation
- John's Vision of the Heavenly Christ (Revelation 1:1-20)
- Letters to Churches (Revelation 2:1-29)
- More Letters to Churches (Revelation 3:1-22)
- John's Vision of God and the Lamb (Revelation 4:1-5:14)
- Opening the Seven Seals of God's Scroll (Revelation 6:1-8:2)
- Sounding the Seven Trumpets (Revelation 8:3-11:19)
- The Satanic Trinity: The Dragon and the Two Beasts (Revelation 12:1-14:20)
- The Seven Bowls of God's Wrath (Revelation 15:1-18:24)
- The Final Victory and the Last Judgment (Revelation 19:1-20:15)
- John's Vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-22:21)
About the Author
One of the world's best-known scholars on the text of the New Testament - has taught for many years at Princeton Theological Seminary - The author or editor of thirty-five books - served as General Editor of the Reader's Digest Condensed Bible - Chairman of the NRSV Translation Committee.
Dr. David A. deSilva, an elder in the Florida Annual Conference, attended Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his Ph.D. in Religion at Emory University. He currently serves as Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. He has written over twenty books, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning, The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude, An Introduction to the New Testament, and Introducing the Apocrypha. He also served as Apocrypha Editor for the Common English Bible and has published extensively in journals, reference works, and adult Bible curriculum.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Revised Edition 9
Preface to the First Edition 13
1 Introducing the Book of Revelation 15
2 Johns Vision of the Heavenly Christ (1:1-20) 27
3 Prophetic Words to the Churches (2:1-29) 37
4 More Prophetic Words to Churches (3:1-22) 49
5 John's Vision of God and the Lamb (4:1-5:14) 59
6 Opening the Seven Seals of God's Scroll (6:1-8:5) 69
7 Sounding the Seven Trumpets (8:6-11:19) 79
8 The Satanic Counterfeit: The Dragon and the Two Beasts (12:1-14:5) 91
9 The Seven Bowls of Gods Wrath (14:6-16:21) 99
10 Babylon the Great: Toppling Empire and Its Evils (17:1-18:24) 109
11 The Final Victory and the Last Judgment (19:1-20:15) 117
12 Johns Vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem (21:1-22:21) 127
For Further Reading 137