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Interpreting Revelation and Other Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook
Pate, C. Marvin

Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2016 pp. 240. $23.99

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Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis


Description: Pate considers the background of Old Testament apocalyptic literature, such as Daniel, demonstrating its foundational role for properly understanding the New Testament discussions. He also elucidates the tie that binds all apocalyptic writing together--the coming restoration of Israel--before delving into his main emphasis on Revelation and other New Testament writings. Key principles of interpretation specific to this genre are provided for the reader, as well as steps to communicate the theological messages of biblical apocalyptic literature to a modern audience often anxious about the implications of the end times. Beyond a basic grounding in the field, Pate's in-depth explanations also include new insights into the texts, such as viewing the Roman triumphal entry as the key background to the book of Revelation. Designed for pastors, students, and informed laity, Interpreting Revelation and Other Apocalyptic Literature ensures that readers will gain a foundational understanding of the material, thereby sidestepping the pitfalls of interpreting this literature by the standards of other biblical genres or avoiding the genre altogether due to its complexity.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature

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Review by Michael Naylor
Published 4/11/2019
Citation: Michael Naylor, review of C. Marvin Pate, Interpreting Revelation and Other Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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