Item description for Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation - Leader's Guide Edition by Donn Downall...
Overview The book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort, as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre, bewildering, and sometimes frightening. How are readers today to discern God's message in this peculiar part of the Bible?
Publishers Description The book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort, as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre, bewildering, and sometimes frightening. How are readers today to discern God's message in this peculiar part of the Bible? Noted biblical scholar Bruce M. Metzger presents solid scholarship in a nonacademic style. The book includes a list of resources for further study and a study guide for 8-13 sessions. Ideal for use in personal or group study. The video material is now available on DVD. The Planning Kit includes one Leader's Guide, one copy of the book, and a DVD featuring brief segments by Dr. Metzger for each of 8 sessions (expandable to 13 sessions). Each video segment is 13-17 minutes in length.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.12" Weight: 0.12 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2006
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition Teacher's Guide
ISBN 0687497795 ISBN13 9780687497799
Reviews - What do customers think about Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation - Leader's Guide Edition?
Brief but valuable. Apr 6, 2008
Apocalyptic literature does not lend itself to easy interpretation. It is written at a specific time to a specific people, undergoing trials or persecution in an historical context that has little meaning to the modern reader. Bruce Metzger's "Breaking the Code" is a brief (111 pp. including the index) but valuable key to the Book of Revelations, everybody's Rohrschach inkblot of religion and the Bible. The book was intended as a guide for bible-study discussions and other versions are available to group leaders, etc. His explanations are solidly orthodox and also scholarly without any particular theological ambitions. They are therefore not likely to offend any but the most sensitive of sectarian sensibilities. The book has a Protestant perspective (e.g. , "...the truth that Protestant Reformers empahasized...", the tangential mention of the Woman clothed with the sun being identified with Mary), but I used it as preparation for a bible-study with fellow Catholics and quoted from it frequently when trying to eluciate passages that are often obscure to the contemporary mind. While there are more encyclopedic references, such as Ford's Anchor Bible version which is now out of print, this small volume provides the best, concise, timely explication of the facts and events in the mind of St. John when he composed Revelations.
Awesome! Nov 5, 2007
I think everyone should read this book! I am so tired of hearing Insane Christian propaganda such as the "Left Behind" Series. People need to learn the stories from a true historic perspective.
Solid and readable Aug 2, 2007
The first thing one must admit in reviewing one of Metzger's work is that next to no one is qualified to review one of Metzger's works. One of the most noted biblical scholars of a century, it's unlikely that any casual reader can take aim at him.
That said, the book is written for the casual reader, and in that sense is very accessible and unintimidating. There are even points at which, for the scholar or preacher, one might wish he would go into more detail concerning the first century context. The details of the eruption of Vesuvius and the threat of the Parthians are eye-opening, but Metzger gives them each only a passing notice. Nontheless, for an introduction to the Book of Revelation from the perspective of one who is not anticipating a literal, science-fiction fulfillment of the book in the future, this is a perfect read.
What is strongest about the book is that Metzger unpacks some of the most significant images of the text: the beast, the prostitute, the dragon and the lamb. He shows the first-century implications for the Roman Empire and lets us into the heart of one of Jesus' disciples, comforting a persecuted congregation. He interprets the symbols the way apocalyptic literature should be interpreted, as cosmic projections of present-day events. And all of this is done within the realm of Christian orthodoxy. In the end, it's a solid, reliable, insightful, brief book by a humble and talented scholar.
Very Helpful May 25, 2007
This book was very helpful to my understanding of the book of Revelations in the bible.
Very worthwhile read. Feb 12, 2007
We are here in the heart of Dispensationalism,from "Dallas Seminary" and it was easy to relate to it.