(40 Questions Series)
By author: Eckhard J. Schnabel
Series edited by: Benjamin L. Merkle
Imprint: Kregel Academic & Professional
Paperback: 352 pages
About the Book:
Even-handed, biblical, and broadly accessible answers to the most frequently asked questions abuot the return of ChristMy Thoughts:
This newest contribution to the 40 Questions series continues the tradition of excellent research presented in accessible language and clear writing. Designed for both students and general readers, this resource helps them make sense of one of the Bible's most difficult topics.
Schnabel, a professor at a leading seminary and the author of several major works, looks at the future of the world, the church, and Israel; the return of Jesus; and the millennium and the final judgment. He answers questions related to the rapture, the 144,000, the identity of the two witnesses, Armageddon, how to interpret Revelation, heaven and hell, and so forth.
The result is an even-handed treatment that avoids sensationalism and a "newspaper headline" approach to prophecy, that is, interpreting prophecy according to current events. Rather, Schnabel carefully studies the biblical text in light of its first-century context and draws biblically-based conclusions.
This book tackles some difficult questions about the End Times. Each section focuses on one question and delves quite deeply in scripture with many references to substantiate the author's answer.
With charts, many footnotes and questions to reflect on at the end of the chapter, this makes a great study on the End Times, and not just for the Biblical scholar, but for the rest of us as well. This is a book to be studied, contemplated and looked at carefully. It is not one that will be easily or quickly gone through, but instead a book to be used and dissected. If you agree with all or just part, you won't walk away from this book without absorbing something new and interesting!
This uses the New Revised Standard Version along with 10 other versions.
About the Author:
Eckhard J. Schnabel is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1998. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including the two-volume Early Christian History.