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The Letters to Seven Churches: Updated Edition [Paperback]

By William Ramsay (Author)
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This edited and updated edition of Ramsay's classic work has, except for the omission of a lengthy poem in chapter 14, left the original material intact. The language and style were updated for the modern reader, modern place names were used, and a modern translation is the source of scripture citations. Notes especially have been updated and corrected, and fuller bibliography is provided whenever possible. Photographs and diagrams from the original are retained. Anyone interested in Asia Minor or the book of Revelation will find this resource invaluable.

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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 1994
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1565630599  
ISBN13  9781565630598  

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More About William Ramsay

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William M. Ramsay was a Presbyterian minister who taught for many years at Bethel College inMcKenzie, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including The Westminster Guide to the Books of the Bible and II Corinthians in the Interpretation Bible Studies series, both published by WJK.

William M. Ramsay has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Interpretation Bible Studies

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old but good  May 7, 2007
This book was written many years ago and I am sure there have been archeological discoveries since it was written, but the analysis of the letters remains good and it was perfect for a recent trip to Turkey led by a seminary professor during which we visited all of the sites of the seven churches - one of which is still an intact tell recently identified. I enjoyed reading the book and have purchased another book by this author on Paul's missionary journeys.
History Behind Revelation  Apr 8, 2000
At the beginning of the Book of Revelation are "letters" to churches in seven cities of Asia Minor, praising, rebuking and admonishing their congregations and disclosing how Christ views their works.

To the modern reader, these prefatory letters may seem as riddling as the symbol-filled apocalyptic visions that make up the bulk of the book. But the "seven churches" existed in real locales, and Sir William Ramsay shows how the letters addressed to them acutely reflect local circumstances.

Ramsay (1851-1939) was a prominent archeologist specializing in Greek and Roman Asia Minor. He was also a prolific writer on early Church history. "The Letters to the Seven Churches" is a superb synthesis of these areas of expertise. Its first part surveys what can be known of the places, peoples and institutions of late First Century Asia Minor. Ramsay then proceeds to analyze each of the letters, first recounting pertinent aspects of the city's history and geography, then relating those to the biblical text. The connections are always interesting and often illuminating.

Inevitably, speculative elements creep in. Ramsay infers much more about the "Nicolaitans", whom the letters denounce in unrestrained terms, than the evidence seems to warrant, and his statements about the "Flavian persecution", whose very existence is doubted by many scholars, should be read with caution.

Ramsay took the traditionalist side in the scholarly debates concerning the early Church, but this work is not in a controversial vein. Modernists need not fear that perusing it will undermine their faith, and everyone who is interested in what Christianity looked like in its earliest days will learn much from its pages.


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