Friday, January 13, 2012

Reading Revelation by C. Marvin Pate ~ review

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (December 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825433673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825433672

Book Description

December 18, 2009
Intriguing and endlessly contentious ideas and images of apocalyptic measure come together in the book of Revelation. It is a rich and hermeneutically complicated Scripture that, unsurprisingly, has no universally accepted interpretation. Reading Revelation compares these four major approaches to Revelation by laying out the different interpretive translations provided by each school of thought in parallel columns.

My take on this book:
"Reading Revelation" by C.Marvin Pate is a comparison of four interpretive translations of the book of Revelation. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I received this book but was pleasantly surprised at the layout. It is written in five parallel columns, the first column is the Greek text and English translation of each verse, the second column is the Pretest view of said verse, the third column is the historical view, the fourth column is the futurist view and the fifth column is the idealist view. Because the book is read across, it makes it easy to compare the scriptures, but I found myself folding the cover back and wonder how long the binding would last. I really think since it needs to be read across the book would benefit greatly by having a spiral binding. That would really be my only complaint of the book. 
This book would be perfect for anyone who might be studying Revelation and wants to explore the different viewpoints. I will certainly turn to this book anytime I am reading Revelation.

1 comment:

  1. I am intrigued by the format of this book -- the parallel columns of text. You make a great observation about the binding -- this is definitely the type of book that would be "used" alot in the sense of page turnings and foldings.


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