The Wedding of the Lamb: A Historical Approach to the Book of Revelation

The Wedding of the Lamb: A Historical Approach to the Book of Revelation

by James L. Papandrea

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Overview

Synopsis:
The Wedding of the Lamb does not fit into any of the traditional categories of interpretation for the book of Revelation. The author uses historical sources to combine New Testament interpretation with the history of the Roman/early Christian period to present an interpretation that is meant to approximate the way the early Christians would have understood the text. Far from a doomsday message, the message of Revelation is one of hope for a Church in the midst of persecution. The result is an interpretation which, unlike the proliferation of fictionalized accounts of the "end-times," recognizes that most of the images in the book of Revelation are references to events in the history of the Church.

Endorsements:

"By grounding his interpretation on the historical reality of its author, James L. Papandrea has accomplished the very difficult task of liberating the Book of Revelation from the limitations imposed on it by both fundamentalist and liberal readings. As the title suggests, this is a historical approach to Revelation, which tries to avoid the mistakes made by those interpreters who see in it a blueprint for the future of the world or simply a metaphorical or symbolic account. This book will be very useful for those who want to attain a balanced and relevant reading of a text well traveled."
--Osvaldo D. Vena
Professor of New Testament Interpretation
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Author Biography:
Jim Papandrea is Assistant Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of Spiritual Blueprint (2010), and The Trinitarian Theology of Novatian of Rome: A Study in Third-Century Orthodoxy (2008).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608998067
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jim Papandrea is Assistant Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of Spiritual Blueprint (2010), and The Trinitarian Theology of Novatian of Rome: A Study in Third-Century Orthodoxy (2008).

Table of Contents

Preface: The Method of This Study ix

1 Signs of the Times? 1

2 The Historical Background of the Book of Revelation 15

3 The Biblical Background of the Book of Revelation 28

4 The Structure of the Book of Revelation 80

5 Visions outside of Time 90

6 Visions of John's Past 108

7 Visions of John's Present 129

8 Visions of John's Future (Our Past) 156

9 Visions of John's Future (and Ours) 173

10 Jesus Saw It Coming-The Gospels and Revelation 188

11 So What? The Practical Implications of This Interpretation of Revelation 207

Appendix A The Book of Revelation in Plain English 217

Appendix B Revelation Timeline 243

Appendix C The Emperors of Rome 245

Chart 1 Scripture Key to the Book of Revelation in Plain English 247

Chart 2 Structure of the Book of Revelation 249

Map: The Roman Empire with Places Mentioned in the Book of Revelation 255

Bibliography 257

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