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

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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.

With Logos Bible Software, this volume is enhanced with cutting-edge research tools. Scripture citations appear on mouseover in your preferred English translation. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful topical searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • 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
  • Title: The Parousia: A Critical Inquiry into the New Testament Doctrine of Our Lord’s Second Coming
  • Author: James Stuart Russell
  • Publisher: Daldy, Isbister & Co.
  • Print Publication Date: 1878
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 589
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Second Advent
  • Resource ID: LLS:PRSCRTCLSCNCMNG
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T23:07:25Z

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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  1. Forrest Cole

    Forrest Cole

    8/27/2021

    55555
  2. John Doe

    John Doe

    11/26/2020

    This book changed my life, now I have more reasons to believe that we Christians must retake the culture and the government.
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  3. Josh

    Josh

    11/7/2018

    55555
    This book is fantastic. It will forever change they way you read the NT. Russell lost me at the very end when discussing the Millennium, but he challenged many of my beliefs about the "end-times". A must read for anyone curious about preterism.
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  4. BDW

    BDW

    9/5/2016

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    If you are a biblicist who holds to the doctrine of inerrancy and sola scriptura, this book will be most persuasive. It is clear from James' writings that he has a high view of the Word of God and devotes over 500 pages to exegetical and theological analysis, rather than lengthy discussion on tradition or creedalism. The most powerful argument in the book boils down to this: If the Apostles and/or Jesus taught that the coming was going to occur within their lifetime, were they wrong? And if they were wrong, how can you trust anything else they said? If Jesus was wrong when he prophesied the events taking place within a generation (Matt. 24:34), he nothing more than a false prophet. If the Apostles were wrong by there declarations of an imminent coming, how are their teachings to be trusted elsewhere? Here are a few quotes to this point: "That both the apostle and the Thessalonians believed that ‘the coming of the Lord was drawing nigh,’ is so evident that it scarcely requires any argument to prove it. The only question is, were they mistaken, or were they not? James Stuart Russell, The Parousia: A Critical Inquiry into the New Testament Doctrine of Our Lord’s Second Coming (London: Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1878), 164." "We accept the facts verified by the historian on the word of man; is it for Christians to hesitate to accept the facts which are vouched by the word of the Lord? James Stuart Russell, The Parousia: A Critical Inquiry into the New Testament Doctrine of Our Lord’s Second Coming (London: Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1878), 169."
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  5. George Somsel
    Russell makes an estremely valiant attempt to refer the vision of the Apocalypse to historical foundations which is a refreshing change from those views which attempt to assign to it later events as the fulfillment of prophecy. He is, however, like a man with a hammer who sees everything as a nail. Everything is more or less assigned to Jerusalem. While Jerusalem does enter into the picture in a couple of points, it is amazing to think that the seven churches to whom the Apocalypse was written would be so concerned with events in Jerusalem as to be almost consumed by it. Nevertheless, despite these limitations he does bring forth some worthwhile observations at certain points. For much of the discussion St Augustine's view of the two cities (the City of this World and the City of God is preferable. Sample it wisely.
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  8. Jon Munch

    Jon Munch

    12/21/2015

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    Excellent book - I absolutely love the first section titled "The Last Words of Old Testament Prophecy - The Book of Malachi". While not an exhaustive commentary on every chapter and verse, it provides a brief synopsis of the meaning of the final words of the Old Testament, announcing not only the coming Messiah, but also the purpose and nature of His coming. Looking forward to having this in my electronic library, as I have it in book form.
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  9. Rich

    Rich

    3/19/2015

    Excellent book. Will definitely open a lot of peoples eyes. Can't wait to get this in my library! If you don't want to wait it's already available for free in PDF on the internet. Just do a google search for it.
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  10. Tom

    Tom

    1/30/2015

    DAL, why not start a thread on the Fourm and promote it
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