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The Blessed Hope: A Biblical Study of the Second Advent and the Rapture [Paperback]

By George Eldon Ladd (Author)
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The second coming of Christ continues to spark mounting speculation about the end times. Writing for the layman, Ladd offers a biblical perspective on these controversial issues and urges Christians to remain united in hope rather than divided in theology while waiting for Christ's return!

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Jesus Christ is coming again That is the Blessed Hope which has since the earliest days of the church energized biblical Christians looking for the full revelation of God?'s redemption But even among those who have most devoutly looked forward to the second coming of the Lord there have often been disputes about its nature. At their sharpest, these disputes can lead to the breakdown of fellowship among those who should be standing firmly together against unbelief. Through its many printings, this book by George Eldon Ladd has proved to be a helpful guide for Christians who want to discern clearly the basic biblical teachings about the Blessed Hope. Writing not for his fellow scholars as much as men and women in the pews, Ladd, whose numerous studies of New Testament interpretation earned him the reputation of being one of contemporary evangelicalism?'s leading thinkers, sketches the history of interpretations of Christ?'s second coming and then carefully and lucidly examines the biblical passages on which this doctrine is based. Ladd?'s conclusion is that the blessed hope is the second coming of Jesus Christ, not a pretribulation rapture of believers in a secret coming of Jesus. Yet he concludes, too, that there should be liberty and charity within the Christian community for all who hold to the expectation of the blessed hope and appearing in glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages   167
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.49" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 20, 1990
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0802811116  
ISBN13  9780802811110  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ladd, professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1950, was educated at Gordon College and Gordon Divinity School (B.D.) and received the Ph.D. from Harvard University. He also did postdoctoral study at Heidelberg and Basel Universities. Ordained as an American Baptist minister, Ladd served several churches in the denomination. He was professor of Greek at Gordon College (1942-45) and head of the department of New Testament at Gordon Divinity School (1946-50). His writings include Crucial Questions about the Kingdom of God (1952), The Blessed Hope (1956), The Gospel of the Kingdom (1959), Jesus Christ and History (1963), The New Testament and Criticism (1965), The Pattern of the New Testament (1968), Commentary on The Revelation (1972) and The Theology of the New Testament (1974).

George Eldon Ladd currently resides in the state of California.

George Eldon Ladd has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Scriptual Studies in the Kingdom of God
  2. Spectrum Multiview Book

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End Time Views Extensively Documented and Explained  Nov 6, 2007
I've read many books on the subject, and found this book by Ladd to be the most fair in discussing all the views of end time prophesies in the Bible.
He uses a lot of scripture and does not waste time discussing "current" events, as so many other authors do on this subject. So, if you are looking for a "meaty", yet small book, on all the important scriptures dealing with the Return of Jesus Christ ( The Blessed Hope ), this is the book for you.
Well written  Sep 15, 2007
I enjoyed this book, I have read many books on the origin of the pre-trib rapture teaching (personally I don't believe in any rapture, just the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ) and unfortunately a lot of people become bitter and less than Christian in their enthusiasm.
Mr. Ladd manages to give an accurate, historical overview of how the pre-trib teachings began without attacking anyone.
I had never read any books by him before but will definitely read more of his material in the future. The man showed grace and class by sticking to the subject and not getting into petty name calling and finger pointing.
To me he proves that when we obey the Lord and speak the truth in love, we can still speak the truth, we just don't have to lower ourselves to our enemies level.
Why continue to be deceived?  Jun 28, 2006
George E. Ladd's "Blessed Hope" is an excellent work, but not nearly so thorough nor as accurate as Tim Cohen's works (see below).

Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins, and others in the Pre-Trib circle, such as Ed Hindson, Tommy Ice, Chuck Missler, Zola Levitt, Thomas McCall, John Hagee, Grant Jeffrey, Marlin Maddox, Perry Stone, Texe Marrs, John Walvoord (deceased), etc., continue to put forth the same deceptions that Hal Lindsey popularized decades ago. The notion of a pre-tribulation rapture is foreign to scripture, it is foreign to the teachings of the early Church, and it is grooming the Church for destruction through ignorance and lack of preparation for what is really coming. These men are novices and not prophecy "experts" or "scholars" by any stretch of the imagination; they are those who tickle the ears of gullible Christians. Why continue to be deceived? Tim Cohen, in his excellent book, "The AntiChrist and a Cup of Tea," provides biblically sound and testable evidence to show that the coming AntiChrist is known NOW. Not only that, the same author (Tim Cohen) has now put out the strongest presentation on the whole issue of the rapture EVER offered to the saints of God in Christ: "The REAL Rapture". If you really want to know the truth about the timing of the coming rapture, then you need to hear Tim Cohen's "The REAL Rapture" (based on a volume in his forthcoming "Messiah, History, and the Tribulation Period" series (see Prophecy House's site for details on these items, which are also available via this site).
The Second Coming of Christ  Feb 21, 2006
This is an excellent, scholarly presentation of the historic Pre-Mill view of the second coming. Well worth the reading.
Rev. Eugene Potoka
Great book  Jun 10, 2004
The best thing about this book is that Ladd attempts to take Scripture, IN CONTEXT, and support what he believes Scripture teaches in regard to a post-trib rapture.

Honestly, my main problem with the book is that I think it is too short. He is already very convincing, but with more detail, critique, and examination, it would have been even more stalwart. Probably a 4.3 stars.


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