This is my first encounter with the "Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis" series edited by John D Harvey and written by C. Marvin Pate. Based on my experience with this book, I look forward to adding the others to my library.
Howard explains the series covers the three (3) basic genres of Old Testament writing: "narrative, letter, and apocalypse." There will be four volumes in the series covering the Gospels and Acts, the Pauline letters, the General Letters, and this volume on Revelation and Other Apocalyptic Literature. He intends the books to be used as textbooks for graduate-level exegesis courses.
Each of the four volumes will (a) include a summary of the major themes present in the New Testament books covered; (b) set methods of interpretation in the context of the New Testament books to which those methods apply; (c) go beyond exegesis to exposition; (d) provide step-by-step examples which put into practice the methods and strategies set out in each volume. This book is well organized and the author defines unfamiliar words.
Chapter 1 discusses the genre and figures of speech used in apocalyptic literature. He looks a both Daniel and Revelation. Chapter 2 looks at the historical background of prophetic-apocalyptic books in both the Old and New Testaments. Chapter 3 deals with the function of apocalyptic literature in Israel’s story.
Chapter 5 is where the "rubber meets the road" and walks the reader through how to interpret Biblical apocalyptic literature. Chapter 6 shows how to communicate a passage in Revelation. In chapter 7, he gives the reader two practical applications of this process.
As stated earlier, this is my first experience with this series of books. I look forward to reading the others and adding them to my library.
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