Hope Revealed: The Message of the Book of Revelation - Then and Now

Hope Revealed: The Message of the Book of Revelation - Then and Now

by Robert P. Vande Kappelle


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Hope Revealed sets the record straight. Revelation is not as bizarre and vindictive as many have imagined. Its message is hopeful, not pessimistic, world-affirming, not world-denying, and thoroughly congruent with the biblical emphasis on love, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Revelation invites us to drink deeply from its metaphors of promise and warning, vision and blessing. While Revelation's method and theological conceptuality are relatively different from the rest of the New Testament, once they are appreciated in their own right, they contribute to make this book not only one of the finest literary works in the Christian canon, but also one of the greatest theological achievements of early Christianity.

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ISBN-13: 9781625644190
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2013
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Robert P. Vande Kappelle is College Chaplain and Professor of Religious Studies at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including his "Adventures in Spirituality" trilogy: Love Never Fails (2006), The Invisible Mountain (2010), and Into Thin Places (2011). His most recent titles are Beyond Belief (2012), a theological gestalt, and Iron Sharpens Iron (2013), its discussion guide (2013). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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"Hope Revealed is a literary work of high order. . . . It will be a valuable tool both homiletically and spiritually for decades to come. I predict this book will open doors students of the scriptures have not been able to enter for a very long time."

—William J. Carl III, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

"This is a commentary born of one man's struggle to reclaim God's love in John's Revelation. Contrary to popular theology, Revelation reveals a kinder, more loving God than the Left Behind series depicts. This is not a book for literalists but for those who seek to deepen their understanding of this knowable God."

—Daniel A. Stinson, Washington and Jefferson College

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