The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Book of Revelation

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Penguin, 2001 M12 1 - 291 pages
Authors Bell and Campbell take readers through the symbols and explain events of the time when the Book of Revelation was written and their possible meanings. What was happening in Rome at the time? What have scholars had to say over the centuries? Is it metaphor or will it happen exactly the way it's written? The authors explore multiple schools of study and interpretation such as the Premillennial view, Dispensationalism, the Amillennial view, Postmillennial, Historical, and Liberal views.
 

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If you want to understand Revelation, but are intimidated by words like: exegesis, Septuagint, or even apocalyptic, then please consider this book. Authors Campbell and Bell respectively lay out ... Read full review

Contents

The Beginning of the End
1
Hey Whos Been Messing with the End of My Bible?
3
Future Schlock?
11
A Drear John Letter
21
Seven Churches Get a Performance Review
31
The Storm Clouds Gather
49
Scrolled Sealed Delivered
51
Sealings Nothing More Than Sealings
61
All Bad Things Must Come to an End
151
Imagine Theres a Heaven
165
A Real Page Turner Comes to a Close
177
Theology Meets Optometry
185
Open to Interpretation?
187
Its the End of the World and We Missed It?
197
Revelation Interpretations Some Minority Viewpoints
207
Back to the Future
217

Horns of Plenty of Trouble
73
Witness for the Persecution
85
A Beauty and Some Beasts
95
Where the Grapes of Wrath Are Stored
111
The Bowled and the Beautiful
123
The Elaborately Dressed Blood Drinking Scarlet BeastRiding Prostitute
135
High Noon at the End Times Corral
149
Putting the Elation Back in Revelation
233
Epilogue Biding Your Time or Timing Your Goodbye?
243
Interpretation Methods
257
Additional Reading
267
A Few Web Links for Exploring
271
Index
277
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About the author (2001)

James S. Bell Jr. received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and his M.A. from University College, Dublin, Ireland. He is editorial director at a religious publishing house that includes Bibles in its product line. He is a former Director of Religious Publishing at Doubleday, Executive Director of Bridge Publishing, and a former consultant to the Bible publisher Thomas Nelson.

As general manager of the Princeton Religion Research Center, he worked with George Gallup Jr. in polling Americans concerning their religious beliefs and practices. His own clients in this area include major denominations, parachurch organizations, political groups, and national television networks. He writes study guides for religious books, and has compiled, edited, and modernized with cover credit approximately 20 religious classics.

His most rewarding "hobby" is daily Bible reading, and if he misses a day "life just isn't the same." He is a lay Scripture reader during the Anglican service at his local church. Mr. Bell is married with four children and lives in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Stan Campbell is a student of communication (B.S., Middle Tennessee State University; M.A., Wheaton College) who enjoys taking complicated concepts and making them short and simple enough for someone like him to understand. After doing so in 20 years of youth ministry and 15 years in Christian publishing, he has been a full-time writer for more than 10 years. He is the author of more than 25 books, including the BibleLog Thru-the-Bible series and The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible. He and his wife, Pam, live in the suburbs of Chicago.

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