Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New review of Biblical Eschatology

Ron Maness, the head of the library at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, TX, recently bought a number of copies of Biblical Eschatology for the library. Here is the review he posted on Amazon yesterday:

"This is book on eschatology, and the author is amillennial, but before you let that turn you off, let me tell you that the Foreword to the book and one of the strongest endorsements come from two theologians who hold to the historic premillennial perspective, but who recognize the extraordinary nature of this book and the excellence of Menn’s work.

So that should be an indication that this book is special, and let me assure you, it is. In fact, it is in a class by itself. And if reading a theology book about eschatology doesn’t do anything for you, then look through his chapter on why eschatology is important, beginning with the point that eschatology helps to integrate and tie together our overall theology.

It is not a book to necessarily be read straight through (although that is what I am doing), but for the reasons I will note below, it lends itself to be taken and studied in segments.

Summary Points:
1. When you pick up the book, you will note that it is large. It is oversize. But because of the way it is organized, it is a book you can take and focus on particular areas of interest.
2. The main text consists of 12 chapters, totaling 335 pages. Chapter 7 for example is on the Millennium, chapter 8 on the Olivet Discourse, Chapter 10 on the Antichrist, and Chapter 11 is a sweep through Revelation in 130 pages (representing a virtual commentary on Revelation).
3. Then there are 7 very important appendices totaling 140 pages. The appendices include one on Ezekiel 40-48, one on Zechariah 14, one on Daniel 9:24-27 (the 70 weeks), and one on Romans 11:25-26 (“and so all Israel shall be saved”).
4. So of the total 580 pages, the remaining 109 pages consist of bibliography and indexes.
5. The book is full of very helpful charts and tables, showing all kinds of fascinating comparisons. For example, a chart comparing Daniel 7 with Rev 4-5. Another chart has 5 columns comparing the Olivet Discourse with the Seals of Rev 6-8, the Woman and Dragon of Rev 12-14, the Trumpets of Rev 8-9, and the Bowls of Rev 16. The tables and charts alone make the book worth spending time in. And there are scores of them.
6. The chart comparing the four basic millennial views alone is 7 pages, going into much more detail than the normal summary charts of the main views.
7. The number of theologians that Menn interacts with and quotes, is incredible. And Menn is someone who was a lawyer until deciding to go to seminary in his 50s. He is currently the Director of an agency equipping church leaders in East Africa.

Don’t be deterred by the size (or the price). Your only problem will be tearing yourself away from all of fascinating information it contains once you open it. The book is an absolute delight. In addition to my personal copy, as church librarian I added three copies to the church library, and those who have checked it out have been highly impressed.

So don't let this one get away from you. It is indeed in a class my itself."

Thank you, Ron. You can find this and the 8 other reviews on Amazon here:  http://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Eschatology-Jonathan-Menn/product-reviews/1620325799/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt_lft?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent&reviewerType=all_reviews&formatType=all_formats&filterByStar=positive&pageNumber=1

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