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Nice post Dave!!!

This looks like a great read and I appreciated the quote about understanding apocalyptic literature in a historical context, as a literature of despair and a cry for justice and a reversal of power. That was really an impressive and thoughtful conclusion to be drawn. I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

I must now plot how to discuss the purchase of this book with my wife. :)

I'll have to check that book out. I have always enjoyed what Eerdmanns has published in the past. Scriptures seem to have more personal meaning to me when I understand the historical context from which they were originally understood. It gives me a perspective on how to "liken" them more responsibly to my own experience.

Another nice thing--this book is short, only 143 pages of text! Using a study Bible (I use the NIV) is a first step and makes some reading much easier, but it helps at the level of a verse or chapter, not so much whole books. This book is a nice second step and helps with broad, big-picture understanding. The book is enlightening without requiring a lot of "higher criticism" familiarity.

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