Breaking the Code - Participant's Book: Understanding the Book of Revelation

Breaking the Code Participant s Book Understanding the Book of Revelation The Book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre bewildering and sometimes frightening How are readers today to disc

  • Title: Breaking the Code - Participant's Book: Understanding the Book of Revelation
  • Author: Bruce M. Metzger
  • ISBN: 9780687492008
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort, as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre, bewildering, and sometimes frightening How are readers today to discern God s message in this peculiar part of the Bible Breaking the Code provides a trustworthy guide to the rich symbolism of this important biblical book.Noted biblical schoThe Book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort, as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre, bewildering, and sometimes frightening How are readers today to discern God s message in this peculiar part of the Bible Breaking the Code provides a trustworthy guide to the rich symbolism of this important biblical book.Noted biblical scholar Bruce M Metzger presents the fruits of solid scholarship in a non academic style Breaking the Code serves as a key for understanding this powerful and puzzling book from the first century of the Christian Era.Topics include Introducing the Book of Revelation John s Vision of the Heavenly Christ Revelation 1 1 20 Letters to Churches More Letters to Churches Revelation 2 1 3 22 John s Vision of God and the Lamb Revelation 4 1 5 14 Opening the Seven Seals of God s Scroll Revelation 6 1 8 2 Sounding the Seven Trumpets Revelation 8 3 11 19 The Satanic Trinity The Dragon and the Two Beasts Revelation 12 1 14 20 The Seven Bowls of God s Wrath Revelation 15 1 18 24 The Final Victory and the Last Judgment John s Vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem Revelation 19 1 22 21

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    1. A quick read, does a good job of explaining the Book of Revelation in terms the average reader can understand. This is probably the book I should have given to my mother, who was suckered into that "Left Behind" crap, instead of Worthy Is the Lamb, which she returned to me saying that she couldn't make heads or tails of it.Worthy is still my favorite; it's a more scholarly and more complete work that explains such things as why Revelation was written in apocalyptic form rather than straightforwa [...]

    2. The Book of Revelation is a least favorite topic for me as a Christian. Interest in Revelation is not useful for living a kind Christian life. I have only observed fanaticism and silliness associated with interpretations of this book. My favorite quote about this writing is from G.K. Chesterton:"And though St. John the Evangelist saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators."That said, I have to teach to New Testament in full, so I thought I [...]

    3. Quite possibly the best, most concise, scholarly explanation of The Book Of Revelation ever written. This book offers an easy to understand breakdown of the mystery that is The Revelation Of John. I read Bruce Metzger often in college, which helped shape and transform my personal understanding of the New Testament. His work is amongst the best one can read, not forcing opinion onto anyone.

    4. I have read over 70 books this year, and honestly this might have been one of my favorites to read. It was so well written with utter clarity. I loved it and will definitely read it again. And I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.In an era where people try to dissect the future views of Revelation, Metzger does a good job showing how we have it so wrong. How the apostle John wasn't intending for the book to be secret code for the end of the world. Not at all. Rather, the book of Revelat [...]

    5. I was looking for a popular level overview of Revelation that I was reasonably certain would not come from a sensationalist perspective. That's what I found in Breaking the Code. Metzger offers an introductory chapter followed by 2 chapters over the 7 churches (Rev 2-3). Then, breaking the text down into 7 sections, he gives an overview of what each section is seeking to say to the first century reader as well as to us.His comments are clear and helpful. He keeps in focus that this book was writ [...]

    6. A verse by verse commentary which explicates many of the mysteries of this book. The approach is of a mainline, protestant higher critical and liberal manner. This is a good entry into a detailed study of this Apocalypse of John.

    7. Metzger is a solid, reliable scholar. His short treatment of Revelation is extremely helpful and illuminating. It gives perspective and insight into what is certainly the most misunderstood book in the Bible.

    8. Metzger's book is a short commentary attempting to establish the basic flow of what Revelation is about. He accepts and defends the position that the book is written between 69-96, likely between 91-96, and involves a series of visions, many of which tell the same story, telling in apocalyptic imagery the "things that are" (Jesus' birth, establishment of His Kingdom, cruelty of Rome) and "the things that are to come" (Jesus' victory over Rome, the Judgment). This book is broad but not deep; do n [...]

    9. A great book for "breaking through the code". John understood the dangerous times he was living in. In order for him to leave a message behind, based upon his vision, he had to make it cryptic enough to the "outsiders" and understandable enough for the believers. Reading Revelation today, as it is written, would leave the reader (most anyway) not understanding a lot of what he was conveying. I would not have read it alone, but by reading each chapter in the Bible, interpreting on my own, then go [...]

    10. Accessible and clear, this brief commentary highlights Revelation's overall message of hope and comfort for Christians suffering persecution, especially those Christians under the Roman Empire. Metzger cautions the reader to remember that John was describing the symbols that he saw, not necessarily literal events that follow a sequential timeline. His knowledge of the history and culture of Ancient Rome and Jewish thought at the time illuminates the text of Revelation, placing it within its prop [...]

    11. Metzger explains that a reader of Revelation should consider the historical period in which the book was written and John's purpose for writing it, which was to give hope and meaning to early Christians who were being persecuted in the Roman Empire. Thus, much of the "hidden meaning" is related to Rome and to Nero and symbols are just that, symbols, and not to be taken literally. This book is very helpful in guiding one through the Book of Revelation.

    12. Discussion guide for study of the Book of Revelation, arguing that the book is neither completely wacky nor a guide to the end of the world. Metzger briefly demonstrates the author's grounding in Old Testament prophecies and the messages (coded to get by Roman censors) to persecuted Christians in the late 1st century. Not entirely convincing, if the more hard core folk at my church are any indication.

    13. Great book for getting started on the task of understanding Revelation. The author sees the book from the perspective of the original recipients and shows how the imagery relates to their time and also the Old Testament.

    14. Metzger espouses just one of the various interpretations of the book of Revelation, but it was an interesting and helpful guide.

    15. Good, brief overview of the major issues in the Book of Revelation by a well-known and respected N.T. scholar.

    16. Breaking the Code by Bruce Metzger has some good background information. On the other hand, it uncritically assumes much about the author of Revelation.

    17. Brief, rather than exhaustive, yet still deals well with most important topics and does so with a good eye toward the big picture. One of my more favorite commentaries or books on Revelation.

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