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Overview

The nineteenth century saw a host of diverse readings of prophecy alongside unprecedented societal shifts. From the Millerites, to patriotic interpreters who saw America as God’s city on a hill—speculation over an imminent apocalypse was perhaps never more intense. These classic commentaries and studies gather some of the most significant historical examinations of the apocalyptic visions in Daniel and Revelation. These diverse volumes include applications of prophecy to historic events, defenses of the Bible against textual and historical criticism, practical commentaries, and detailed examinations of individual passages.

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Key Features

  • Gathers a variety of viewpoints on the apocalyptic visions of Daniel and Revelation
  • Provides a window into nineteenth-century perspectives on the apocalypse
  • Presents diverse historical interpretations of biblical prophecy

Product Details

Individual Titles

A Complete Harmony of Daniel and the Apocalypse

  • Author: Josiah Litch
  • Publisher: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 300

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In the nineteenth century, as human society changed at an unprecedented pace, interest in how biblical prophecy might be fulfilled skyrocketed. Many groups began anticipating an imminent apocalypse. Responding to the demand for literature on prophetic Scriptures and several failed predictions of Christ’s coming, Josiah Litch wrote this explanation of the various prophetic events that occur in Daniel and Revelation. His exposition reflects the evolving futurist view of prophecy that proliferated in later decades.

Josiah Litch (1809–1896) was an American Methodist Episcopal preacher. He was best known for his involvement in the Millerite movement. He is also the author of Christ Yet to Come, The Doctrine of Everlasting Punishment, and The Premillennial Advent Vindicated.

The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelations of St. John: Viewed in Their Mutual Relation, with an Exposition of the Principal Passages

  • Author: Carl August Auberlen
  • Translator: Adolph Saphir
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 458

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Responding to the flurry of challenges textual criticism posed to the Old Testament, Carl August Auberlen writes defending its authenticity. He compares the apocalypse of Daniel to Revelation, and holds up Old Testament prophecy as essential to understanding the New Testament. Auberlen explains how an understanding of Daniel and Revelation enrich each other. He offers detailed commentary on the most controversial passages of each book and summarizes a variety of nineteenth-century views.

Carl August Auberlen (1824–1864) was a German Lutheran theologian. He coauthored the volume on 1 and 2 Thessalonians in Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. He was professor extraordinarius of theology at the University of Basel.

The Prophecies of Daniel and John: Illustrated by the Events of History

  • Author: Isaac Taylor Hinton
  • Publisher: Turnbull & Pray
  • Publication Date: 1843
  • Pages: 375

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Baptist minister Isaac Taylor Hinton illustrates a historicist view of how the prophecies in Daniel and Revelation are representative of five empires: the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Catholic Church, and the true church. Hinton attempts to remain faithful to Scripture, while avoiding the superstition that pervaded the church regarding prophecy in the nineteenth century. He also summarizes the views of other nineteenth-century scholars, providing a glimpse into the landscape of biblical studies at the time.

Isaac Taylor Hinton (1799–1847) was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in New Orleans. He is the author of A History of Baptism from Inspired and Uninspired Writings. Hinton was born in Oxford, England and was educated at Oxford University. He had a printing business in London before moving to the United States where he began pastoring in various churches, finally settling in New Orleans.

The Revelation of John the Divine: A New Theory of the Apocalypse, Corroborated by Daniel and Other Prophets

  • Author: Samuel S. Ralston
  • Publisher: Smith, English & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 208

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In this commentary on the apocalyptic prophecies of Revelation, Samuel S. Ralston examines how the Bible’s final book enriches the reading of other prophetic Scripture. Ralston also speaks to “a very great propensity to estimate too highly the relative importance of current events” when evaluating biblical prophecy in view of history. His study reads Revelation in light of other biblical prophecy and provides valuable insight into the history of modern prophetic interpretation.

Samuel S. Ralston was a nineteenth-century American biblical scholar.

The Horns and the Carpenters and Harmony of the Time Prophecies in Daniel and Revelation

  • Publisher: R.F. Hunger
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 45

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Printed for members of the Prophecy Investigation Society, this volume captures the spirit of prophetic scholarship in the early twentieth century. The papers address the first chapter of Zechariah and examine the relationship between Daniel and Revelation. Presenters include F.L. Denman, C.S. Painter, H.G. Emeric de St. Dalmas, and J.J.B. Coles.

The Stone and the Image, or, The American Republic, the Bane and Ruin of Despotism

  • Author: Joseph F. Berg
  • Publisher: Higgins & Perkinpine
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 251

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Reflecting the unique American spirit of the nineteenth century, Joseph F. Berg puts forth America as the fifth kingdom described in Daniel. Berg argues that America is a “political miracle,” and his commentary is a valuable window into the many unique attitudes toward prophetic literature in the nineteenth century.

Joseph F. Berg (1812–1871) was born in Antigua where his father was a Moravian missionary. He was the editor of the Protestant Quarterly and is the author of The Second Advent of Jesus Christ, Not Premillennial.

The Stone Kingdom, or, The United States and America as Seen by the Prophets

  • Author: S.C. Alexander
  • Publisher: J.T. Smith
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 231

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In this volume, Reverend S.C. Alexander examines how the United States might be represented in the prophetic Scriptures. Alexander focuses on the fifth kingdom in Daniel, theorizing how the history of the American continent might be represented therein. His study is indicative of the varied interpretations of prophecy that were so pervasive in the nineteenth century.

S.C. Alexander was a nineteenth-century American minister and biblical scholar.

The Voice of Elias, or, Prophecy Restored: Being a Complete and Truthful Exposition of the Visions of the Prophet Daniel and the Book of the Revelation

  • Author: Samuel Sheffield Snow
  • Publisher: Baker & Godwin
  • Publication Date: 1863
  • Pages: 395

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Samuel Sheffield Snow, an atheist until he was 35, examines the apocalyptic visions in Daniel and Revelation. Snow writes to encourage believers in the hope of their ultimate redemption in Christ, exhorting them to live their lives in light of Christ’s imminent return. He covers the visions of Daniel and John, and presents their possible representations in historical events.

Samuel Sheffield Snow (1806–1890) was an atheist journalist who converted to Christianity and joined the Millerites after reading William Miller’s lectures.

An Exposition of the Apocalypse

  • Author: David Nevins Lord
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1847
  • Pages: 542

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Noting that “the apocalypse is more eminently marked . . . by the peculiarities which distinguish the works of inspiration from those of men,” David N. Lord carefully works his way through each chapter of Revelation. Lord seeks to show how even in the opaque verses of the Bible’s final chapters, God’s glory is on full display.

David Nevins Lord (1792–1880) was an American Christian educator and biblical scholar.

Thoughts, Critical and Practical, on the Book of Revelation

  • Author: Uriah Smith
  • Publisher: Steam Press of the Seventh-Day Adventist Publishing Association
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: 352

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Uriah Smith’s Seventh-day Adventist commentary on Revelation responds to the surge in interest in prophetic Scripture that occurred in the nineteenth-century. Smith focuses on how Revelation “takes us at once and so irresistibly into another sphere,” revealing the incomprehensible glory of God. His commentary encourages Christians to live in anticipation of Christ’s return, and to persevere in the knowledge of the church’s ultimate victory.

Uriah Smith (1832–1903) was a prolific author and editor of the Review and Herald for 50 years. His book The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation is a classic text on Adventist eschatology. He is also the author of Thoughts, Critical and Practical, on the Book of Daniel. Smith founded Battle Creek College in 1874 and was professor there for eight years.

Apocalyptic Sketches, Being a Condensed Exposition of the Views of Revelation, Daniel, Isaiah, & C.

  • Author: William March
  • Publisher: R&A Miller
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 166

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Originally published in 1829, William March’s Apocalyptic Sketches was brought back into print years later in the midst of great religious revival in Europe and America. March’s historicist work reflects the anticipation of Christ’s imminent return that filled many commentaries on prophetic Scripture in the nineteenth century.

The Visions of the Apocalypse and Their Lessons

  • Author: Thomas Lucas Scott
  • Publisher: Skeffington & Son
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 341

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Comprising the University of Dublin’s Donnellan Lectures for 1891, Thomas Lucas Scott’s work introduces the nature of biblical prophecy and the literary character of Revelation. He then goes on to lecture on the theological significance of the events portrayed in Revelation for the Christian church. Scott’s work is intelligent and entertaining, as he draws on the traditional interpretations of Augustine and Bede.

Thomas Lucas Scott was rector of St. George’s parish and canon of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.

XXVI Present Day Papers on Prophecy: An Explanation of the Visions of Daniel and of the Revelation

  • Author: E.P. Cachemaille
  • Publisher: Seeley, Service & Co., Ltd.
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 694

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In this volume, Cambridge scholar E.P. Cachemaille presents the predominant historicist interpretations of Daniel and Revelation. Cachemaille writes in accessible English, providing the arguments of historicists, but leaving any ultimate conclusion to the reader.

E.P. Cachemaille was a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and the secretary of the South American Missionary Society.

The Three Angels of Rev. XIV 6–11, and Their Parallels: Final Events

  • Author: E.P. Cachemaille
  • Publisher: Chas. J. Thynne
  • Pages: 21

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In this brief pamphlet, Cambridge scholar E.P. Cachemaille offers an explanation of the three angels in Revelation 14. Seeing Revelation as “history written beforehand,” Cachemaille theorizes about the angels’ potential parallels in current and future events.

E.P. Cachemaille was a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and the secretary of the South American Missionary Society.