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The Parousia: A Critical Inquiry into the New Testament Doctrine of Our Lord’s Second Coming
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The Parousia: A Critical Inquiry into the New Testament Doctrine of Our Lord’s Second Coming


Daldy, Isbister & Co. 1878

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Late nineteenth-century theologian James Stuart Russell’s study of the second coming, first published anonymously in 1878, has become a classic in eschatology. Russell—who viewed AD 70 as the time of the second coming, and the beginning of the millennium—examines “whether there may not be a fundamental difference between the relation of the church of the apostolic age to the predicted Parousia and the relation to that event sustained by subsequent ages.”

Russell posits that “there must therefore be some grave misconception on the part of those who maintain that the Christian church of today occupies precisely the same relation and should maintain the same attitude towards the ‘coming of the Lord’ as the church in the days of St. Paul.” This volume is an attempt to “clear up this misconception and to ascertain the true meaning of the Word of God on a subject which holds so conspicuous a place in the teaching of our Lord and his apostles.” His work presents a thorough and tightly-reasoned case for Preterism.

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Key Features

  • Presents a classic study on the second coming
  • Thoroughly examines the Parousia as referenced throughout Scripture
  • Offers a tightly-reasoned case for Preterism


  • The Last Words of Old Testament Prophecy
  • The Parousia in the Gospels
  • The Teaching of Our Lord Concerning the Parousia in the Synoptical Gospels
  • The Parousia in the Acts and the Epistles
  • The Parousia in the Apocalypse

Product Details

  • Title: The Parousia: A Critical Inquiry into the New Testament Doctrine of Our Lord’s Second Coming
  • Author: James Stuart Russell
  • Publisher: Daldy, Ibister & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 589
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Eschatology

About James Stuart Russell

James Stuart Russell (1816–1895) was born in Elgin, Scotland. Entering King’s College, University of Aberdeen, at 12 years old, he completed his MA at 18. After a short time working in a law office, he began preparing for ministry, studying at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and finally Cheshunt College. Russell became a Congregationalist minister, pastoring in Great Yarmouth, Tottenham and Edmonton, and finally Bayswater, where he stayed until his retirement in 1888. Upon publication of The Parousia, Russell was given an honorary Doctor in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen.

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