Richard Bauckham on Revelation

I’m reading (for the umpteenth time) Richard Bauckham’s The Theology of the Book of Revelation (Cambridge: CUP, 1993) and continue to be amazed at how excellent this book is!

Love this quote from the book:

Revelation offers not an esoteric and encoded forecast of historical events but rather a theocentric vision of the coming of God’s universal kingdom, contextualised in the late first-century world dominated by Roman power and ideology. It calls on Christians to confront the political idolatries of the time to participate in God’s purpose of gathering all the nations into his kingdom. Once Revelation is properly grounded in its original context it is seen to transcend that context and speak to the contemporary church. – Richard Bauckham.

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