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Overview A classic interpretation on Revelation. Solid scholarship and simplicity are combined, making this commentary useful to laypersons, pastors, and teachers.
Publishers Description Using sound principles of interpretation, More Than Conquerors unfolds the mysteries of the apocalypse gradually, always with the purpose of showing that "we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us." In this commentary, Dr. Hendriksen challeneges you to face a restless and confusing world with a joyful, confident spirit, secure in the knowledge that God reigns and is coming again soon.
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Release Date Apr 5, 2012
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801057922 ISBN13 9780801057922
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More About William Hendriksen
William Hendriksen (ThD, Princeton Theological Seminary) was professor of New Testament literature at Calvin Theological Seminary. Simon J. Kistemaker (PhD, Free University, Amsterdam) is emeritus professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.
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Keeping the Focus on Christ Oct 18, 2006
Originally published in 1940, William Hendriksen's More Than Conquerors stands as one of the classic commentaries on the Book of Revelation available that combines excellent scholarship and a style that makes it accessible to the layman. Rejecting the sensationalism so common wth interpretations of the last book of the Bible, the author takes an approach that places the book in its proper historical and cultural context and remains faithful to the message of the Gospel. The result is so powerful that the often intimidating subject of the eschaton becomes clear and flows naturally from the Gospel message the Church has preached for two millennia.
Rather than taking the book as a linear historical narrative, Hendriksen appraoches it as an example of recapitulation (common in apocalyptic writings) where passages go over the same time period repeatedly albeit with the emphasis given in a different place. He points out that Revelation is naturally broken into seven parts with the number seven appearing as a recurring them within the book. Each section goes a little further and ends with a vision of the victorious Lord. Numerous other parallels are also pointed out to add to the impression of a repetitive pattern in the book.
An important theme throughout is that, contrary to the nonesense one hears from today's prophecy pundits, the main figure of Revelation is not the antichrist but rather is a revelation of Jesus Christ as the very beginning of the book announces. Thus in any proper interpretation, our attention should not be drawn to the antichrist, Israel, the Arabs, the Russians, the European Union, China, Iraq, America, or anything or anyone but Jesus Christ. Hendricksen keeps this firmly in mind and points out time and time again that there is comfort to be had in a proper Christ-centered reading of Revelation.
One criticism one hears of this book by fans of the popular "prophecy experts" is that the book takes a "symbolic" rather than "literal" approach to the text. This surely misses the point of any reasonable interpretation as it cannot be denied that for a book replete with symbolism, the symbolic interpretation isthe literal interpretation. Thus there is no uncalled for "spiritualizing" of the text but only a sound exegesis.
More Than Conquerors presents a sound commentary on Revelation that settles on an amillennial position grounded in a moderate idealism. Whether one agrees with every detail of the exegesis or not, a view of the text that is unmistakenly Christocentric is certainly a marked improvement from much of the drivel that gets passed off as exegesis on the end times. For both the insight and the comforting view of Revelation contained therein, it is essential reading.
incredible pastoral flavor Jun 26, 2006
this is possibly the best single commentary to begin your study of revelation. the pastoral love that flows throughout the pages of this book is wonderful. dr. hendriksen makes every aspect of this book useful and applicable. once you start it, you will want to finsih it. this is the classic reformed amillennial idealistic interpretation. MUST READ.
Excellent for helping a congregation go deeper Mar 3, 2006
As a preaching pastor who is exegeting Revelation for a sermon series...and auditing a course on this book, I have found Hendriksen to be inspiring, writing on a level that most members of my congregation can track, and short enough to add on to a heavier load of reading (Say Aune or Beale on Revelation) without taking too much time.
Some of his ideas are given without much defense. For example, he interprets the 'angel to the church of Ephesus' as the minister of Ephesus. I think things like that may be said without any explanation from time to time...and that is a weakness of the book. Some of the material is dated and reflects views that are not as common among scholars any longer..for example he teaches that Revelation 3:15-16 to the Laodiceans contains the concept that the "cold" and the heathen who have not had any contact with the Lord. He misses the point (usefulness-not so much an emphasis on zeal) and would probably rewrite that if he were here today.
Though it needs updating this book is not an exhaustive resource. It's more of a devotional, yet scholarly interpretation of Revelation.
Along with Vern Poythress on this same topic, this one is up there at the top of my list.
Another strength of this book I'd like to mention is the simple, yet informative summaries he gives of a situation. Following up on the Ephesus example above, when describing the Church in Ephesus he takes the time to go over some apostolic history with the city and also mentions briefly some history through the centuries as it is relevant. So his summary paragraphs can be very useful for teachers of any view on Revelation. For that alone the book is well worth the price.
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Unveiling The Book Of The Revelation Sep 24, 2005
the Book of The Revelation of John with all of its symbolism and metaphor has resulted in a great deal of confusion and much misunderstanding of the message of this piece of apocolyptic literature. The theological implications have created much division within the Christian Church concerning the forthcoming events of "the end times". This book, More Than Conquerers, is a very studious and careful discernment of the truths contained in this marvelous book and the message that God intended for us to receive is, in my opinion, enlightened and made simple enough to apply to the life of The Church in the here and now and not altogether some event(s) we must await to take place in the some near or distant future. Simply put, the mysteries contained in the Book of The Revelation have been made clear in this very readable work.
Another excellent book from Hendriksen May 20, 2005
It is apparent that Hendriksen did NOT write this book with Times magazine, Newsweek or the New York Times in his left hand. Using the analogy of faith and allowing clear, New Testament scripture to interpret the symbolical apocalyptic literature, Hendriksen gives us a refreshing rendition of the Idealist interpretation. Although "progressive parallelism" is no novel methodology, it is aptly defended and applied by this book. "More than Conquerors" is a good primer to the historic amillennial view of eschatology; other pertinent works the reader might be interested in is `A case for Amillennialism' by Kim Riddlebarger & "Amillenialism Today" by William Cox. It is good hermeneutic to allow the Scripture to speak for itself; dispensationalists should quit using ad hominem arguments in their eisegesis i.e. anti-Semitism, liberal allegoricalness. I believe amillenialists did not arrive at their conclusion due to racist sentiments or other carnal inclinations. A good hermeneutic text would be Milton Terry's Biblical Hermeneutics published by Wipf & Stock Publishers. Get this book!