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The Apocalypse: A Reading of the Revelation of John [Paperback]

By Charles H. Talbert (Author)
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In this concise and clearly written commentary, Charles H. Talbert brings to mainline Christians a fresh reading of the book of Revelation, demonstrating that it is not only accessible but relevant for the modern-day Christian. According to Talbert, the primary causes of the marginalized status of the book of Revelation by mainline Christians are threefold--the apparent inaccessibility of its meaning, the seeming impossibility of its pastoral application, and its demonstrated susceptibility to abuse. Talbert ably demonstrates that the book of Revelation was written to help the early Christians avoid assimilation into the larger pagan culture. Talbert also gives full attention to the literature of the Greco-Roman, early Christian, and early Jewish worlds as he examines the more mystical components of the narrative.

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In this concise and clearly written commentary, Charles H. Talbert brings to mainline Christians a fresh reading of the book of Revelation, demonstrating that it is not only accessible but relevant for the modern-day Christian. According to Talbert, the primary causes of the marginalized status of the book of Revelation by mainline Christians are threefold--the apparent inaccessibility of its meaning, the seeming impossibility of its pastoral application, and its demonstrated susceptibility to abuse. By asking basic questions such as Who wrote this document? To whom? From where? and For what purpose? Talbert ably demonstrates that the book of Revelation was written to help the early Christians avoid assimilation into the larger pagan culture. Talbert also gives full attention to the literature of the Greco-Roman, early Christian, and early Jewish worlds as he examines the more mystical components of the narrative.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 5.94" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 19, 1994
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664253636  
ISBN13  9780664253639  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charles H. Talbert is Distinguished Professor of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the Reading the New Testament commentary series editor and the author of several of the editions in the series, including Reading Luke, Reading Acts, and Reading Corinthians.

Charles H. Talbert currently resides in Waco, in the state of North Carolina. Charles H. Talbert was born in 1951.

Charles H. Talbert has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Dissertation (Paperback)
  2. Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament
  3. Reading the New Testament (Smyth & Helwys)


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Concise and Clear  Mar 22, 2008
Anyone who has ever read a commentary by Charles Talbert knows that a hallmark of his writing style is "lucid brevity" and this commentary follows in that suit. Written in a very clear manner, Talbert focuses upon the text in its historical setting, that of a late first century AD Jewish Christian document. To be blunt, this commentary does not follow what I call "pop-eschatology", or what is espoused by the likes of Tim LaHaye and others. Rather, Talbert seeks to situate the book of Revelation within its literary and cultural setting. He advises in his introduction that the best thing to do to prepare oneself for studying Revelation is to read the Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic literature (this is what Professor Talbert made the class do when I took his course on Revelation).

In regards to another reviewer's comments that he is overly-reliant upon extra-biblical sources, I must say that this is an unwarranted critique. Every good Biblical scholar will rely heavily upon extra-biblical sources when making interpretive judgments about the individual books themselves. The reason is because these sources informed the worldview of the author's. Some may think that this is a hallmark of "liberal scholarship" but even some of the more conservative (and best!) scholars like Ben Witherington or Darrell Bock do the same.

The only drawback to this commentary is that it is so brief. For someone seeking an in-depth treatment of Revelation, they should get G.K. Beale's commentary or David Aune's commentary.
 
Clarity, concision and erudition  Jan 30, 2002
Professor Talbert aims "to offer aid to those who are scarred by harmful readings of Revelation and to encourage mainstream Christians to deal with Apocalypse in ways other than ignoring it." In my opinion, he succesfully delivers what he promised. This book is concise and easy to read but is not just "preaching to the choir." It is an erudite, well written essay, adjusted to modern biblical exegesis yet accesible to a broad audience.
 
A good introduction, but. . .  May 27, 1998
Revelation is a neglected book within the church. Even Calvin never preached from it. Talbert attempts to make the book more readable and accessible to Christians today. What is troubling is his reliance on extra-biblical apocalyptic literature, especially when it suits his purpose. For example, as to the authorship of the book, Talbert claims that all we can say is that it was written by someone named John (not necessarily the Apostle). He assumes this despite some strong historic evidence pointing to the Apostle. However, he appeals to these sources when defending the cannonicity of the book. By way of another example, when the question of the millennial reign of Christ is addressed, Talbert admits it not based solely upon the text, but because other, extra-biblical, apocalyptic literature. Despite these difficulties, no call them slight discomforts, with the book, Talbert handles the text fairly well. This book would best be used with a solid, orthodox, Reformed commentary.
 

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