How should we read the book of Revelation?
Interpreting Scripture faithfully is a challenge with regard to any text and for any reader of the Bible. But perhaps no text confronts and confuses readers as much as the book of Revelation. With its vision featuring winged beasts, gates of pearl, a lake of fire, and more, John’s Apocalypse provokes and stirs our imaginations. Some have viewed it strictly as a first-century political document. Others have read it as a book of prophecies or eschatological promises. Still others question whether it should even be in the canon of Scripture.
Theologian and biblical scholar Brandon Smith brings clarity to this question by reading the book of Revelation primarily as John’s faithful vision of the one, triune God. In conversation with early church theologians, including Origen, Athanasius, Basil the Great, and Gregory of Nyssa, as well as modern scholarship, Smith shows how John’s vision can help us to better see and affirm our own belief in the God who is revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Brandon Smith’s excellent book takes one of our most mystifying doctrines―the Trinity―and one of our most mystifying early Christian texts―Revelation―and illumines them both through his distillation of research on pro-Nicene theology. In this, he demonstrates how the tools and readings of early Christian authors can help us to approach Scripture better.
—Madison N. Pierce, associate professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary
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