Item description for Mastering the New Testament, Vol. 12: 1,2,3, John & Revelation by Earl F. Palmer & Lloyd John Ogilvie...
Earl Palmer's exposition of 1, 2, 3 John and Revelation introduces the reader to the mind and heart of the Apostle John in a stunning way. The explanation of the deeper meaning of the Johannine epistles combines a scholar's research and a communicator's concern that we experience the full impact of John's message to the early church about life, truth, and love. Revelation now also becomes a rich source of inspiration for Bible study, teaching, and preaching. Part of Mastering The New Testament, combining rich resources of the historical setting and textual interpretation with practical application to aid the follower of Christ.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN 0849933285 ISBN13 9780849933288
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More About Earl F. Palmer & Lloyd John Ogilvie
Palmer is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle.
Earl F. Palmer currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mastering the New Testament, Vol. 12: 1,2,3, John & Revelation?
Insightful Jun 21, 2007
Palmer comes at the text with decades of experience as one of America's leading preachers, pastoring at the end of his career the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation. He writes for those who preach.
The theme to which he calls our attention is John's emphasis on the centrality of Christ. Palmer notes in both the work on 1John and on Revelation that the cults of the last century went most wrong where they pulled some peripheral element of their faith into the center, where only Jesus belonged.
The only weakness of the text comes from the work on Revelation. Here Palmer reminds us repeatedly that the images of suffering in the text are always bounded. The suffering is never total, because Christ brackets the suffering. However, the curious reader of Revelation wants to know something of why John uses the images that he does. It's hard to walk away from the text knowing that only in some metaphorical way that suffering is limited, when what I wanted to know was: why horses? why scrolls? why trumpets? why animals? If nothing else, a more thorough analysis of the Old Testament sources of the imagery and context of the Roman Empire would have elucidated the text.
Nonetheless, Palmer's work is accessible, practical, and orthodox. Any of his works are trustworthy, as is this one.