An Apocalyptic Companion (Part 1)

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In case you didn't know, we're currently teaching through the book of Revelation in our adult Sunday School class. You can listen to what we've covered so far here. Alongside this class I plan on posting a few blog posts in order to share my notes, remind you of resources we've discussed in the class, post resources used in the class, and try to answer any difficult questions that arose during the class which we did not have time to cover.

Notes and Documents

Here you'll find my notes for first two sessions on the Introductory Matters of Revelation. It's nothing that we didn't cover in the class, but it can be a useful reference.

Here you'll find the chart from GK Beale which compares the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the seven bowls.

Helpful Resources

I mentioned some helpful books and commentaries that I've read and am using as a resource for this course. Here's what's been mentioned so far:

Short Reading

  1. More than Conquerors - William Hendriksen. This short commentary on Revelation is insightful, easy to read, and promotes the Iterist approach to interpretation.
     
  2. The Theology of the Book of Revelation - Richard Bauckham. Another short work. This is not a commentary but an overview of the book, how to read it, and its main theological ideas.
     
  3. The Returning King - Vern Poythress. This wonderful little book is a very short commentary on Revelation and also a great introduction to the book as a whole. You can read it for free on his website (linked) or buy a physical copy from Amazon.

Long Commentary

  1. The Book of Revelation - GK Beale. Beale also has a shorter commentary available. This is regarded as one of the best evangelical commentaries available on Revelation. GK Beale takes an iterist approach to interpretation.
  2. The Book of Revelation - Robert Mounce. A shorter commentary than Beale's but also helpful.
  3. Revelation - David Aune. This commentary is more technical and very thorough. It's great for learning about the little details in Revelation. It's not as helpful in seeing the big picture of Revelation.

Questions?

You can always feel free to ask questions in class but not everyone likes to do this. Also, questions sometimes arise later on when there is not an opportunity to ask. Please feel free to email me with any questions that were not answered during class and I'll do the best I can to find a good answer.