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Three Views on the Rapture: Pre; Mid; Or Post-Tribulation (Counterpoints) [Paperback]

By Stanley N. Gundry (Editor), Gleason L. Archer Jr (Editor) & Paul D. Feinberg (Contribution by)
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Item description for Three Views on the Rapture: Pre; Mid; Or Post-Tribulation (Counterpoints) by Stanley N. Gundry, Gleason L. Archer Jr & Paul D. Feinberg...

This book explores three views on the Rapture--Pre; Mid; and Post-Tribulation.

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Premillennialists continue to be divided on the question of the rapture of the church. Will it occur before, in the middle of, or after the tribulation? Drs. Feinberg (pretribulation), Archer (midtribulation), and Moo (post-tribulation) present the cases for their respective positions. They also critique each other s positions, and they provide a defense in response to the critiques of their fellow authors. Firmly held and clearly stated convictions are tempered by an irenic spirit. The interactive and fair-minded nature of the Counterpoints format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions. Three Views on the Rapture is introduced by Richard Reiter s helpful essay tracing the history of this debate in American evangelicalism. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series."

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   268
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1996
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Edition  Revised  
Series  Counterpoints  
ISBN  0310212987  
ISBN13  9780310212980  
UPC  025986212988  

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Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.

Stanley N. Gundry currently resides in Grand Rapids, in the state of Michigan.

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  3. Counterpoints: Bible & Theology
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a good overview  Feb 18, 2006
This book provides a good overview of the rapture positions held by Evangaelicals up until recently.

The one recent view that has been ommitted is the pre-wrath rapture position, but that is because the book was published before this view was widely known.

The commentators are all highly respected and are conservative in their doctrine. That always makes for the safest approach to issue that are in question.

I have not yet finished the book but am impressed and helped in understanding somewhat of the issues involved in the various rapture positions.
Counterpoint Series  Nov 15, 2004
I'm going to apply this commentary for the entire Counterpoint Series published by Zondervan Publishing Company. My compliments to that company for creating this series. I initially purchased "Four Views on the Book of Revelation" but soon realized it was only one in a series. I got so much out of that volume, that I decided to purchase the entire set to study and keep for reference. My spiritual growth has been remarkable as a result. Seminary students and professionals would probably enjoy this series, which seems geared for them. But this series is also excellent for those college-educated laypeople who feel inclined to enhance their understanding of Christian theology. That is, with one caveat: Buy a decent theological dictionary to refer to at first. It probably won't get used much after about the third book you choose to read, but initially you will be need it to be confident of some of the terms used among advanced theologians. Then, the Counterpoint series will give you a full understanding of many different concepts and concerns of the Christian faith which have been applicable from early on until the present. I've learned a lot, and the only way I think I could do better is if I were enrolled in Seminary. A list of all the titles I am aware of from this series is:

Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?
Five Views on Law and Gospel
Five Views on Sanctification
Four Views on Hell
Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World
Four Views on the Book of Revelation
Three Views on Creation and Evolution
Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond
Three Views on the Rapture
Two Views on Women in Ministry
Great Variety of Premillennial Eschatological Views  Apr 7, 2004
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was required to read it for a class on eschatology, and I found it refreshing to see that all three rapture views were based on solid biblical rationale. Obviously, only one (or none) of the views can be right, but the authors did a great job of outlining and explaining each view's weaknesses and strengths. I found myself sympathizing with whatever view I was reading, and agree with the general consensus that the rapture view is an inference from Scripture that does not necessarily have a set of proof texts to describe. A rapture position must be decided upon by looking at the Bible systematically, which enters in much human interpretation. I don't think the rapture issue is a very significant Biblical issue when compared to dozens of other doctrines and subjects that the Bible speaks of. But the Bible does mention being `caught up' so we should study diligently to understand what this means. This book provides a scholarly examination on what the `catching up' can possibly mean.
Great Backgrounder  Jan 22, 2004
The timing of the rapture is a matter of much debate these days, and in order to have a discussion in what I call "the James 3 tradition" (respect, love, humility, and grace), it helps to have an accurate understanding of what the other positions are and why others hold to them. As such, this book does a good job of describing three of the four main premillennial positions on this topic. I believe the omission of the emerging and rapidly mainstreaming prewrath position, however, was an unfortunate oversight that I hope will be corrected in future editions.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is its introduction that discusses the development of the pretrib, midtrib, and posttrib positions. When one understands how these positions developed and why one gained more steam and notoriety than others, one begins to understand why popularity alone does not determine orthodoxy.

Interestingly, the origination of the pretrib concept in the early 1800s and its rapid deployment throughout the evangelical circles in the 1900s had less to do with good practices of scriptural interpretation than a response to the amillennial interpretations that had dominated for centuries, combined with popular exposure to this position due to power and resources of its defenders during a time of relative scriptural ignorance among the general population. The midtrib and posttrib positions developed in the academic circles in response to the perceived error of rapidly popularizing pretrib position, but they came too late; pretrib had already become entrenched. Such background is fascinating and necessary for any student of the rapture and helps to put the positions themselves into perspective.

The presenters of each of the three positions covered in this book are well chosen, and they provide good, overall assessments of the academic proof-texting of each of these three views. The back-and-forth debates between the holders of each position expose the reader to the basic reasoning behind them, as well as the strengths and flaws in each argument. They also expose the fact that none of these positions can stand strong against critical scrutiny and holds firm only in isolation. Hence, my disappointment that the prewrath view was not included in this discussion.

I think this is a terrific book for anyone wanting to gain grace and understanding in the rapture debate. I do not recommend it because any of the three presentations are, in themselves, convincing (they are not). Rather, I recommend it as an important backgrounder and primer on three of the four primary positions from an academic (rather than popular) perspective and a good sense of how and why they developed.

-- H. L. Nigro, author of Before God's Wrath: The Bible's Answer to the Timing of the Rapture

There can only be 'one' view of the rapture, not three.  Jul 29, 2003
Perhaps I'm just getting tired of reading the same information, repeated by different people. The temptation with three points of view of the rapture is to be complacent (there's no need to worry, we'll be safe), or scared (because we don't have the facts). But then, what if I'm wrong in my choice of one of three? What if all three of those viewpoints are wrong?

The point I'm trying to make is there cannot be 'three' viewpoints on the rapture. Sometimes I wonder if authors raise more questions to mask the fact that they cannot answer the question directly. But somewhere in the Bible there is only 'one' answer to this question.


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