In this third and final book of a three-volume series, B.J. Oropeza covers the writings of the General Epistles and the communities in the book of Revelation—the seven churches in Asia Minor. In Hebrews there were warnings of apostasy with no restoration, yet in James there can be restoration of apostates. Peter identifies marginalized Christians and apostate teachers. Jude confronts apostate intruders. Revelation is about overcoming assimilation in the Asia Minor communities.
“What we have in Revelation, then, are both internal and external situations” (Page 179)
“The main purpose of the book is to combat assimilation and apostasy” (Page 180)
“growing up and putting off evil, deceit, hypocrisies, jealousies, and backbiting” (Page 121)
“the same path of suffering. The difficulty faced by the author is not simply” (Page 30)
Oropeza (M.A.Th., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Durham) is assistant professor of biblical studies at Azusa Pacific University. He has worked previously as lecturer in theology for the Victory Outreach School of Ministry International and as a research associate for the Christian Research Institute. He has also been on radio talk shows such as Bible Answer Man and Talk New York, and he has contributed to articles for Christianity Today and Christian Research Journal.