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Revelation (Chalice Commentaries for Today) [Paperback]

By Ronald L. Farmer (Author)
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Farmer invites us to take a step back to survey the reality of the Book of Revelation to determine its vibrant message to the first-century churches and its living meaning for the ongoing church. Farmer finds the clue to the varied interpretations of the book of Revelation in the presuppositions the reader brings to the text, or as Farmer phrases it the glasses one wears while reading. He surveys four schools of interpretation, preterist, historicist, futurist, and symbolic, to discuss one of the most significant symbols in Revelation: the millennial reign of Christ. Farmer's approach to understanding the book of Revelation combines preterist and symbolic schools to read Revelation with a view both to the original readers situation and to the contemporary setting. He clearly sets out his own assumptions, stating that it may be human to desire to know the future, it is neither biblical nor Christian. Farmer includes Reflections on how one gains contemporary meaning from the text.

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Farmer invites us to take a step back to survey the reality of the Book of Revelation to determine its vibrant message to the first-century churches and its living meaning for the ongoing church. Farmer finds the clue to the varied interpretations of the book of Revelation in the presuppositions the reader brings to the text, or as Farmer phrases it, "the glasses one wears while reading." He surveys four schools of interpretation, (preterist, historicist, futurist, and symbolic) to discuss one of the most significant symbols in Revelation: the millennial reign of Christ. Farmer's approach to understanding the book of Revelation combines preterist and symbolic schools to read Revelation with a view both to the original readers' situation and to the contemporary setting. He clearly sets out his own assumptions, stating that it may be human to desire to know the future, but it is neither biblical nor Christian. Farmer includes "Reflections" on how one gains contemporary meaning from the text.

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Studio: Christian Board of Publication
Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2006
Publisher   Chalice Press
Series  Chalice Commentaries For Today  
ISBN  0827205287  
ISBN13  9780827205284  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ronald L. Farmer is the Irvin C. and Edy Chapman Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Chapman University. Prior to assuming his current position in 1997, he taught at the University of Missouri and the University of Cincinnati. In addition to teaching and ministry, Dr. Farmer is active in scholarly research. He is the past chair of the Bible and Contemporary Theologies Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, serves on the Advisory Council of the Process and Faith Program at Claremont School of Theology, and is a contributing editor for Creative Transformation magazine. He has written three books-including Revelation in the Chalice Commentaries for Today series (2005)-and over four dozen essays and articles in the areas of biblical studies and ethics. He appeared in a two-hour History Channel documentary, for which he also served as a history consultant. Currently he is co-editing a collection of essays promoting interfaith dialogue and cooperation among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Patricia Adams Farmer, who is also a Chalice Press author.

Ronald L. Farmer currently resides in Orange.

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Fantastic Farmer  Jan 19, 2009
In this astonishing examination of the Book of Revelation, Farmer debunks one of the most complex pieces of Christian literature with scholarly poignancy but also maintains a tone which allows the analysis to be incredibly accessible. A fast but challenging read, Farmer's commentary is an asset to scholars and general audiences alike interested in biblical studies and apocalyptic literature. This is no dusty volume in New Testament commentary but an extraordinary and invaluable addition to apocalyptic research.
 
Excellent Commentary for Students, Ministers, and Teachers!  Jan 5, 2009
For a student like me, wading through the ocean of Bible commentaries often feels more akin to Olympiad training. Fortunately, Ron Farmer's Revelation is both comprehensive, though not exhaustive, and digestible, but by no means elementary, creating an inviting read that is quick, informative, and conducive to the average person's schedule!

Throughout the commentary, it is clear that the author is well-versed in his subject and has considered the varying evidence and perspectives regarding each passage. The introduction gives a concise background of Revelation, the schools of thought concerning it and its interpretation, and the language employed by the author. Though Farmer presents a majority of his commentary from a process theology point-of-view, he is extremely considerate of other interpretations, and never demeaning or polarizing.

Even from a non-academic perspective, this book is outstanding. The commentary presents readers with information and angles they may have never considered and challenges readers' presuppositions. It can be effectively used as a strictly academic tool. But, if readers are open to it, it can also present a useful theology compatible with progressive person's ideals and morality, without having to exclude portions of the text. Ministers, teachers, and students, even those who may have previously discounted John's Revelation as irrelevant or irreverent, can all use Farmer's methods to find meaning in it.

Lastly, if you are a student, consider yourself very lucky if this commentary is assigned for your class! If it is not, urge your professor to consider it. You'll be glad you did.
 

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