“Revelation” made clear.
This is a review of The Book of Revelation Made Clear by Tim LaHaye and Timothy E. Parker
When I was in elementary/junior high school, the Left Behind series fascinated me. The way LaHaye and Jenkins interpreted and brought to life Daniel, 2 Corinthians, and most importantly Revelation made for good reading. When The Book of Revelation Made Clear came my way, I jumped at the chance to read it. A verse-by-verse study of Revelation from LaHaye and Puzzle Master Timothy E. Parker seemed to be nothing short of awesome, as I was hoping for some analysis that included some of the time-period specific context as well as explanation of possible eschatological interpretations. The book is way short on the former and overly heavy on the latter.
The format of this book is one that breaks Revelation into chapters and chunks of chapters, with a three-question, multiple choice pre-test, summary of the passages, explanation of the content of the section, and then the answers to the pre-test. What I enjoyed about this book were the pre-tests; it challenged me to see what I knew/remembered from Revelation and then motivated me to read through the chapters to discover whether or not my answers were right. What I did not enjoy as much was that to me it felt more like the “What Revelation x:xx Means” sections seemed more like an abridged version of the Left Behind books without the fictional character names and settings. Fortunately, LaHaye and Parker mange -for the most part- to expound too much beyond the literalist interpretation of the Scripture to conjecture in to theological theory.
For the Believer looking for a study on Revelation that goes verse-by-verse, The Book of Revelation Made Clear is a good place to start. More seasoned Bible scholars and veteran readers might not find as much pleasure reading it alone, but would benefit from going through it with others as part of a study of Revelation.
I received my copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review of the book. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the thoughts and opinions expressed are solely mine.