Robert H. Mounce's
The Book of Revelation
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Mounce, Robert H, "The Book of Revelation," William B. Eerdsmans
Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan/Cambirdge, U.K., revised
This commentary was originally published in 1977 and has been revised
only this one time. The scripture quotations, unless otherwise
indicated, come from the NIV.
Dr. Robert H. Mounce undertook to complete a project began by Ned Bernard
Stonehouse, who died before he saw his work published. Dr. Stonehouse's
dissertation was entitled "The Apocalypse in the Ancient Church."
Dr. Mounce's thesis was entitled "The New Testament Herald: His Mission
and Message." He also contributes to a regular feature, "Here's My
Answer," in Eternity Magazine.
This is a quote from the Author's Preface: "A critical problem facing
every writer on the book of Revelation grows out of the literary genre in
which the book is cast. It is difficult to say what anything means until
one has decided in a sense what everything means. What kind of
literature are we dealing with is the essential question. An informed
sensitifity ot the thought forms and vocabulary of apocalyptic is the
sine qua non of satisfactory exegesis. The vivid and often bizarre
sybmolism of Relveation has led meany contemporary writers into either an
indefensible literalistm or a highly imaginative subjectivisiom. I have
attmpted to steer a middle course because that is the way I believe the
ancient text fell upon the ears of the seven first-century churchs in
Asia to whom it was written. How well this course has been navigated the
reader will need to determine."
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