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Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Monday, July 08, 2013

Gospel-centred Apocalypse

A Review of Revelation, by Alun Ebenezer, published by Evangelical Press.
So what's your favourite commentary on Revelation, then ?

It depends on so many things. Firstly your view of the book of Revelation itself. Then, what you want from your commentary - technical detail and closely-argued defences of positions taken, heart-warming sweeps and glimpses of glory, the hard work done ready for preaching... Different books meet different needs.

This book is NOT a technical commentary on Revelation.

It is not a book full of closely-argued defences of particular positions taken.

It also probably isn't a historic book that will take its place among the great classics of the Christian literature.

But it is something really good and really useful.

It's Gospel-centred.

Yeah, I know. Everything is gospel-centred these days. So much so that soon we'll forget what on earth the term means.

I'll tell you what it means for Alun Ebenezer's book on Revelation. He's focused on the cross, on salvation by grace through faith, on Christ as our great Saviour, on hope, love, trust and joy in the heart of the simplest Christian, on glorifying the cross of Jesus Christ !

And for that it gets a well-deserved 5 stars !

Why won't it be a historic book ? Well it's very much a product of Britain in the early 2000s. He quotes people I know, he refers to those who think the world will end in 2012, it comes across as a book with a sell-by-date.

As other reviewers have said, he takes decisions and positions and doesn't always say why or defend them. Yes, it's true, but it's not that kind of book. Those who need that kind of defence should read other books. There are plenty.

But if you want to see Jesus in Revelation - which is, after all, the purpose of the book - then Alun's your man !

I received this for free from EP Books via CrossFocused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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