Revelation and the End of All Things is a accessible guide to Revelation that engages the questions people most often ask about this difficult book in the Bible. Craig Koester ably takes readers through the entire book of Revelation, drawing on the best of recent scholarship while also giving attention to questions arising from events like the siege at Waco, the phenomenal sales of books in the Left Behind series, and the use of Revelation in hymnody and art.
While many of the questions that people ask about Revelation are sparked by sensationalistic interpretations of the book, these questions also point to major issues concerning our understanding of God and the future, death and life, judgment and hope. Rather than simply dismissing popular interpretations of Revelation, Koester first considers these approaches and why they are problematic. The rest of the book looks carefully at each section of Revelation, keeping the situations of first-century and twenty-first-century readers in mind. Koester’s exceptional grasp of Revelation’s history, text, and purpose allows him to present the message of Revelation in a way that is clear, engaging, and meaningful to modern readers.
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Craig Koester communicates current scholarship on Revelation with clarity, passion, and concern that the message of the Bible be understood and appropriated in today’s world. Not merely an antidote or alternative to Left Behind and ‘Jesus is coming soon’ commercialism, Revelation and the End of All Things is a substantial contribution to good literature on Revelation in its own right.
—M. Eugene Boring, professor emeritus of New Testament, Brite Divinity School
This book offers an innovative introduction to Revelation, drawing on the history of interpretation, art, and music as well as on sound literary and historical analysis. It will help readers understand a wide variety of current approaches to Revelation by explaining briefly their origins and intentions. Highly recommended for ministry students, church study groups, and general readers.
—Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingam Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University
Koester has written a book of singular significance for the contemporary Christian community. The puzzle of Revelation is normally resolved by ignoring its original setting or by rendering it irrelevant to the Christian Bible through an intense focus on that setting. Koester shows that the horizons of the Christian past, present, and future merge in John’s remarkable ‘revelation.’ I cannot recommend this book highly enough to all Christians.
—Francis J. Moloney, Katharine Drexel Professor of Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America