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The Book of Revelation: The Rest of the Story
Culy, Martin M.

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017 pp. viii + 281. $35.00

Description: Revelation, by any modern standard, is a strange book. It has intrigued and perplexed readers through the centuries, and all too often has fallen victim to fanciful interpretations. Although it may seem mysterious and impenetrable to us today, it represents a distinct message in language and imagery that was familiar to the original readers, woven together into a beautiful tapestry of twenty-two interconnected chapters. The Book of Revelation: The Rest of the Story demonstrates that the key to understanding the message of Revelation is found in this intricate relationship between the seven "letters" and the rest of the book, with the visions of Revelation 4-22 building on, fleshing out, and driving home each of the messages to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. In the end, Revelation proves to be not primarily a guide to how things are going to unfold at the end of the age, but rather a profound call to a life of radical devotion to Jesus regardless of one's circumstances.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature

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Review by Gregory L. Linton
Published 3/12/2020
Citation: Gregory L. Linton, review of Martin M. Culy, The Book of Revelation: The Rest of the Story, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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